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Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau are photographed together and the internet goes wild

Luke Mintz May 26, 2017
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Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron at this week's NATO summit

The internet has reacted with glee to the first photos of Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau – the President of France and the Prime Minister of Canada – together at this week’s NATO summit.

Many Twitter users joked that the two national leaders, who are both straight and married to women, even looked like a couple on a romantic wedding photoshoot.

Both have developed the status of “political heartthrobs” within certain online circles.

Trudeau, in particular, has been described as “dreamy” by some pundits.

The arrival of Trudeau and Macron as leaders of their respective countries has prompted frantic commentary on their appearances in recent months – usually a treatment reserved for female politicians.

Earlier this month fashion magazine Elle asked: “Who is hotter, Emmanuel Macron or Justin Trudeau?”, before concluding that “Trudeau is still hotter”.

And in 2015 Trudeau was named by fashion magazine Vogue as one of the “sexiest men alive”.

He appeared in the “unconventional alternatives” part of the list, alongside Hollywood actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Oscar Isaac.

Both leaders also have strong records on LGBT rights.

Trudeau used his Madagascar speech to the International Organization of la Francophonie summit in 2015 to push the topic of LGBT rights to assembled leaders, many of whom presided over French-speaking countries in which homosexuality is illegal.

Macron’s record has also been praised by LGBT campaigners.

In the French Presidential election earlier this year, he dedicated a full section of his manifesto to addressing LGBT issues, pledging to end everyday homophobia and workplace discrimination.

Macron even chose to appear “topless” on the front cover of a gay French magazine during the campaign.

It quickly emerged that Macron’s head was photoshopped onto the body of a “very, very toned man”.

The cover image appeared with the tagline: “Coming out: a necessary fight”.

Some French pundits criticised the magazine for the cover, describing the image as demeaning and insulting to the political independent, who was subjected to false rumours about his sexuality during the campaign.

Related topics: bromance, Emmanuel Macron, Europe, France, Justin Trudeau, nato

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