A €60,000 (£52,500) waxwork of Emmanuel Macron destined for the Paris equivalent of Madame Tussauds may be melted down after social media complaints that it made him look like a crazed figure from a horror film, reports The Telegraph.
The Grevin museum was due to unveil its wax version of France’s 40-year old president on May 24, placing him in the company of a string of lifelike sculptures of French and foreign leaders and celebrities.
However, a sneak preview of the wax Macron shown on a TV channel triggered a blizzard of internet scorn, with some commentators suggesting the museum version, with its arched eyebrows, made him look like a crazed android.
Some Twitter users even likened the boyish centrist leader to the killer doll Chucky from the "Child's Play" slasher movies.
"Well, he ain't no oil painting!," noted one. "He's put on 10 years," complained another. A third claimed the only detail they got right was his trademark blue tie.
Stung by the criticism, museum directors now agree that the wax Macron is perhaps a little unkind. "A tense and anguished face, a frozen statue that doesn't 'live', this is not beautiful, something just doesn't work,” admitted Grevin's director, Yves Delhommeau.
"Emmanuel Macron's statue has not yet been approved, I don't want a figure so heavily criticised on social networks," he told AFP.