Chancellor Angela Merkel was officially photographed with a protective mask for the first time after the controversy led to the fact that she had not used it at her public events.
The face mask worn by the Chancellor is black with the logo of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the photo in question was taken on Thursday evening at an earlier meeting with the federal states on the German semester at the head of the federal government.
The debate on Merkel and the use of the mask took place on Monday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Meseberg Castle, north of Berlin. During this visit, a journalist asked the Chancellor why he had never been seen before with a mask.
“If I follow the distance rules, I don’t have to put on a mask. If I don’t keep the distance and go to the supermarket, yes. But obviously we don’t meet there,” replied Merkel. In addition, the President has created a little tension: “There will be other occasions when you will surely see me with a mask.”