VIDEO – The former prime minister and mayor of Le Havre details in Audrey Crespo-Mara’s portrait the consequences of the autoimmune diseases he suffers from.
This Sunday, September 10, “Seven to eight» achieves a great coup by offering viewers a portrait of the former prime minister Édouard Philippe on TF1. Audrey Crespo-Mara discusses with the politician his future, his ambitions. Since the periods of confinement during which he regularly spoke to the French, his physical appearance has changed significantly.
Brown hair turned white. The famous beard has disappeared. His eyebrows too. Even his skin suffers from depigmentation. The result of two autoimmune diseases. “I don’t like talking about it, but I can’t pretend it doesn’t exist”admits Édouard Philippe.
Does this physical transformation have consequences on his career?
“Actually, when you lose your hair and you’re a boy and you’re 52 years old… Honestly no one cares. It’s the eyebrows that are surprising. I usually say that I have long wondered what eyebrows are for? And obviously, it serves to get noticed when they fall», declares Édouard Philippe laughing. “And that sure changes your face. At first, it surprised me. And then, it’s like everything, you live with it”he continues.
But in politics, seduction is key and appearance is important. Does this physical transformation have consequences on her career, Audrey Crespo-Mara asks? “No not at all”simply replies Édouard Philippe before adding: “That doesn’t stop me from continuing to think, to talk, to laugh, to seduce perhaps… It doesn’t change anything”.
“I usually say that if the French say that it is imperative that candidates for elections have long hair, I have no chance”, quips this time again the mayor of Le Havre. His state of health could worry his potential voters. But Édouard Philippe wants to be reuring: “My health is excellent. I invite anyone who doubts this to come and box with me.. He said it from the first minutes of his TF1 interview: “It’s not serious, it’s not contagious, it’s not painful, it’s what it is.”.