Elon Musk was overheard telling French President Emmanuel Macron he had to ‘sleep in the car’ before they met in Paris – hours after the billionaire was seen partying in Mexico and Los Angeles.
Tesla CEO met Mr Macron at the Elysee Palace on Monday as part of the French president’s efforts to attract more investment to his country.
In the images of their meeting, Mr Musk is heard saying “I had to sleep in the car” to the French leader as they sit together.
Mr. Macron responds quickly: “Okay”.
Mr. Musk then laughs awkwardly before raising his hand and saying to the assembled media: “Hello everyone.”
The tech billionaire usually dresses in jeans and a t-shirt, but wore a suit for his 45-minute meeting with the French leader.
However, he looked unshaven.
Mr Musk had been seen clubbing in the luxury Cabo San Lucas resort in Mexico hours earlier while attending a dance music festival.
The 51-year-old was also pictured at a trance music event hosted by Bosnian-German DJ Solomun at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday night.
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On Monday in Paris, Mr. Musk said he was confident that Tesla would make “significant investments” in France in the future, without giving a timetable.
“No announcement today but I am very impressed with President Macron and the French government and their welcome,” he told reporters.
The French president said in a tweet: “We talked about the attractiveness of France and the significant advances in the electric vehicle and energy sectors. We also talked about digital regulation. We have so much to do together.”
Mr. Macron’s meeting with Mr. Musk will be seen as a success for the president.
The French leader has seen a decline in popularity since crossing plans to raise the retirement age in France.
The policy has given rise protests and strikes.