Etiquette specialist Kholgova noticed the neglect of the head of the Foreign Ministry of Benin to Macron
Dusting off his shoulder after being touched by the President of France Emmanuel Macron, Benin Foreign Minister Aurélien Agbenonsi made a gesture of disrespect and displeasure, which was wrong. At the same time, business etiquette forbids any touching, except for handshakes, which is why Macron’s gesture can also be called incorrect. Albina Kholgova, head of the National Association of Experts on Business Ethics, Etiquette and Protocol, said this in a conversation with Lenta.ru.
During a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Benin Aurélien Agbenonsi Macron patted him on the shoulder, after which the diplomat defiantly brushed himself off.
“In business and, moreover, diplomatic ethics, touching is taboo,” the etiquette specialist emphasized. – The only parts of the body that can touch are the palms. But we must understand that there is etiquette and protocol, and there is a simple life. And there are a huge number of examples when politicians both hug and kiss each other in greeting on the cheek, which does not cause a negative reaction.”
Kholgova admitted that there is a kind of double bottom in the relationship between Macron and Agbenonsi, neglect and disrespect, which is why the diplomat expressed a negative reaction when touched.
“Of course, Agbenonsi did the wrong thing. It was necessary not to show it, but he defiantly humiliated the President of France, ”the interlocutor of Lenta.ru believes.
A pat on the shoulder, she said, is often called an adapter gesture, often used by politicians of short stature next to tall colleagues.
“This is such an attempt to equalize, to show that we are on the same level. This, by the way, often happened to former French President Jacques Chirac – he was often slapped by the presidents of other countries, and political strategists interpreted the gesture precisely as an attempt to catch up with a high politician, ”said Kholgova.
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