It seems to be becoming a tradition for Emmanuel Macron to enjoy rugby with a beer.
The French president was seen sipping drinks during and after France’s surprisingly narrow (27-12) victory over Uruguay last night, as World Rugby president Sir Bill Beaumont looked on in admiration.
Macron was seen in photographs drinking two beers and cheering vigorously in the stands at the Pierre-Mauroy in Lille as his team overcame a surprisingly challenging Uruguayan team.
He seemed to enjoy the company of his rugby-mad Uruguayan counterpart, Luis Lacalle Pou, and former English rugby legend Bill Beaumont.
Macron was seen enjoying a full pint with Pou and Beaumont, before moving on to a bottle of Asahi.
French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to be having fun at rugby last night as France took on Uruguay in their second Rugby World Cup match in Lille.
He was flanked by the rugby-mad president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, and the president of World Rugby, Sir Bill Beaumont.
After the match, the Uruguayan president, Luis Lacalle Pou, joked with his team saying: ‘It was difficult for me not to jump too much next to the host’
Macron spent the game chatting with his two neighbors, especially with the Uruguayan president, who had traveled by plane expressly for the game.
It didn’t end there, since after the game Macron and Lacalle Pou went down to the locker room to eat pizza and more beer with the teams.
The two were seen having fun in photographs published by the media in Montevideo as players and staff milled around as midnight approached in Paris, where Macron was showered with gifts, including a tie from the Uruguayan rugby boss.
Photos from inside the Uruguayan locker room showed Macron and Lacalle Pou chatting while Macron drinks from a bottle, his third beer of the night.
President Macron enjoyed what appeared to be his third drink of the night in the Uruguayan locker room
President Macron has been doing everything he can to get dignitaries to come and enjoy the Rugby World Cup, which is being held in France.
The French president has become known in France as an energetic spectator when he watches in the stadium
The presidents of France and Uruguay exchanged rugby jerseys in the Uruguayan locker room, and the Uruguayan leader made some light-hearted jokes at President Macron’s expense.
Presidents Macron and Lacalle Pou posed with the Uruguayan team. They also visited the French locker room
It has become something of a “ritual” for the French president to enjoy a drink after rugby, as Le Parisian he commented. This time, unlike when he went to congratulate the French Stade Toulousein in June, he did not finish the beer in one gulp.
After the Toulouse-based team won the French league, Macron was widely criticized for finishing his beer amid chants of “glou, glou, glou” from the players.
Lacalle Pou, amid laughter from the Uruguayan players, seemed to enjoy some good-natured banter with his French counterpart about his size in relation to rugby players as he handed him a Los Teros shirt.
‘What did they give him?’, laughed the Uruguayan president, ‘Did they give him the accessory? That’s cute, right!’
“It was difficult for me not to jump too much next to the host,” added Lacalle Pou, referring to Macron’s energetic cheers from the stadium stands.
Macron and Lacalle Pou were seen chatting throughout the match, punctuated by periodic energetic jumps from the French president as the pulsating match neared its end.
Macron jumped to his feet more often than those around him during calmer periods of the game.
Macron and his Uruguayan counterpart appeared to get along well while watching the match.
The president of Uruguay is known as a rugby nut and after the game he told his players that seeing them in the World Cup, the fourth they have played in, made him feel “young” again.
While the French and Uruguayan players fell, the French and Uruguayan presidents drank