Paris, May 8 (AFP) A burly bearded man wearing a cap and a purple sweatshirt who loomed over France’s president-elect Emmanuel Macron as he celebrated his victory last night has been revealed as a pizzeria owner from western France. Also Read - 'Outstanding': French Envoy to India Praises Rafale, Photography of Jets on Landing Prohibited

Morgan Simon, a 31-year-old from western Brittany, became a social media star after appearing on stage behind Macron and his wife Brigitte at the climax of his victory party outside the Louvre museum in Paris. Also Read - 'Always With You': France's Message to India on 21st Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas

A visual contrast in his large sweatshirt and cap, compared with the sharply Macron and his 64-year-old wife Brigitte dressed in Louis Vuitton, Simon explained today how he had found himself on the stage. Also Read - Secret British Graffiti Artist Banksy's Stolen Mural Returned to France From Italian Farmhouse on Bastille Day

He was one of the more than 2,50,000 people who signed up to Macron’s En Marche political movement, founded in April last year, and had knocked on doors and campaigned for the independent centrist.

“At the moment of the Marseillaise (France’s national anthem), they asked us to go on stage,” he told Le Parisien newspaper. tailored

“I was with a friend and we were among the first on stage so we stood near him, not realising that we’d be in the line of the cameras.” (AFP)

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.