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Spanish priest has France seeing double

Dan MacGuill · 21 Jun 2013, 17:49

Published: 21 Jun 2013 17:49 GMT+02:00

Is this a sophisticated piece of photoshopping? Was French President François Hollande a Catholic priest in Spain in a former life?

Or has he been hiding an identical twin brother for years, in the person of one Fr. Javier Alonso, a Catholic priest and journalist based in Madrid?

While on holidays in Alicante this week, Twitter user Alice Hamel from Lille, northern France, stumbled across the spitting image of her president, speaking Spanish on TV.

Quick-witted enough to take a photo with her smartphone, the image was shared by centre-right UMP activist Antoine Sillani, and caused French internet users to gasp, laugh and retweet this week.

On his Twitter page, 48-year-old Alonso describes a love for jazz and classical music, as well as opera, literature, "NYC" and "cats."

When asked if he was flattered by the comparisons with Hollande, Alonso told The Local: "Absolutely not. Compare the hair."

(Photo: Screengrab/Twitter/@sandoica/Miguel Medina/AFP)

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(Photo: Screengrab/Twitter/@sandoica/Jacques Demarthon/AFP)

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