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Reflection of Egyptian statue gives French party leader ‘boobs’

Presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon publishes photo of himself standing in front of the ‘Seated Scribe’ with the camera angle making it look like he is shirtless

La France Insoumise leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon Pic: shutterstock.com_Oigres8

Far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon appeared to have changed his upper body overnight, or at least that is what a picture published of him on his Twitter account yesterday (February 2) suggests.

In the picture Mr Mélenchon (La France Insoumise) is seen facing the enclosed ‘Seated Scribe’, a famous work of Egyptian art exhibited at the Musee du Louvre-Lens with the reflection of the statue’s body perfectly matching Mr Melenchon’s body.

The picture became an unintended “trompe l’oeil” in which Mr Mélenchon appears to be shirtless and had some people poking fun at his so-called ‘boobs’ on social media.

The picture was taken during a shooting for French TV La Chaine Parlementaire in which Mr Mélenchon introduced the piece of art which he finds very appealing, Mr Mélenchon’s spokeswoman told The Connexion.

The spokeswoman said the superposition of the statue’s upper body part on Mr Mélenchon’s torso was unintended but his team decided to publish it because it gave the impression of intertwined characters. 

The photo was published a day prior President Emmanuel Macron’s visit at the Louvre-Lens museum to inaugure the statue being transferred from the Louvre museum in Paris to the Louvre-Lens, its extension in the city of Lens. 

The statue will be exhibited for a year now after having been at the Louvre museum ever since 1999. 

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