How French PM's beard became symbol of coronavirus crisis

TV viewers have watched as prime minister Édouard Philippe’s white patch grew, along with his popularity.

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As coronavirus spread through France, so did the grey in the prime minister’s impressively dark beard. When Édouard Philippe regularly appeared on television to detail the health crisis or outline lockdown rules, viewers watched as the patch of hair on his left cheek grew, like the physical embodiment of the growing pandemic, reports The Guardian.