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Gay magazine prints cover of topless presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron

Gay magazine prints cover of topless presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron is on the over of a French gay magazine

A gay magazine in France has come under fire for featuring a presidential hopeful on their cover.

For their ninth issue Garçon, a bi-monthly magazine, chose Emmanuel Macron as their cover model.

The pic shows the presidential candidate topless.

Underneath him is the headline ‘Coming out: a necessary fight’.

On Twitter people questions whether it was the real cover – and whether it was a real picture.

Speaking to Mashable one of Garćon’s writers, Tristan Barreiros, confirmed it was photoshopped.

But they were also criticized for the decision to run a cover story on coming out with the picture of Macron.

As an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage, his opponents have repeatedly tried to discredit Macron.

Throughout the election campaign, he was ‘accused’ of being gay, and having a gay affair.

Macron, who is married to his former school teacher, denied the allegations and said he loves his wife ‘very much’.

A supporter of Macron’s former oppnonent François Fillon, Nicolas Dhuicq, also said Macron was backed by ‘a very wealthy gay lobby’.

He made the claim on the basis that Macron is backed by Pierre Bergé, a famous businessman and the long-time business and romantic partner of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent.

Emmanuel Macron could become France's new president
Emmanuel Macron could become France’s new president

Earlier today (2 May), Garçon published a statement by editor-in-chief Christophe Soret about their cover.

He said they did not want to associate Macron with the coming out story, but the design had been decided on long before and couldn’t be changed.

‘Many talk about having revived the controversy about the possible homosexuality of the candidate,’ he said.

‘The latter clearly explained himself by indicating that he loved his wife and had no connection with a man. We do not revive this false story; we fight it!’

They also sent a message to ‘all the gays who would commit the error’ of voting for Marine Le Pen and the right-wing Front National, who want to repeal same-sex marriage and protections for LGBTI people.

‘Moreover, this coverage will have (let us be realistic) no impact on the vote,’ Soret said.

‘At best, it will remind the future President, whoever they are, that we will continue to fight to defend our right to sexual difference which is not a choice but a fact.’

On Sunday (7 May), France will go to the polls in the second ballot, to vote for their new President.

After the first round, voters will not have to decide between Le Pen and Macron, as they came out first and second in the first vote.