Has François Hollande sneaked off to Brazil?

Joshua Melvin
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Has François Hollande sneaked off to Brazil?
Will the real Mr. Hollande please stand up? Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP, @CM2014_/Twitter

Has France’s beleaguered President François Hollande slinked off to Brazil to watch the World Cup? That’s what the French press were asking on Wednesday after a photo of a man in the crowd, who looked strangely similar to the president, went viral on social media.


It’s been a tough year for Hollande, what with rising unemployment, the sex scandal and policy setbacks.

But the French press were jokingly wondering if he'd traded in his 'Les Bleus' jersey for the gold and green of Brazil's Seleçao after a photo of a Hollande look-alike standing in the midst of the crowd found its way online.

Though the presidential-looking Brazil fan appeared on TV for just a few moments during a sweep of the crowd during Tuesday night's match against Mexico, which ended in a tie, the reaction on Twitter was immediate.


François Hollande was able to appreciate the performance of Ochoa, said one joker on Twitter referring to the Mexican goalkeeper who had an outstanding match.

The Brazil football fan is not the first Hollande doppelganger to enjoy his 15 minutes of fame.

Last June a French tourist spotted a priest Javier Alonso on Spain’s Christian channel who she thought was a dead ringer of her country’s president. She snapped a pic of the look alike with her phone and sent it onto Twitter, where it soon went viral.

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




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