World Cup: Emmanuel Macron jeered at opening ceremony celebrating French culture

Emmanuel Macron was jeered when he walked onto the pitch. Credit: AP

France's opening ceremony for the Rugby World Cup was overshadowed by booing aimed at the country's President, Emmanuel Macron.

Macron officially opened the tenth edition of the tournament moments after hundreds of performers took to the pitch at Paris's Stade de France.

Oscar-winning French actor Jean Dujardin directed the ceremony, which took place in sweltering conditions ahead of the tournament's opening game between France and New Zealand.

Performers during the opening ceremony of the World Cup. Credit: AP

France are hosting the World Cup for the for the third time, although this will be the first where every game is staged within the country.

The ceremony featured leaping acrobats, a giant scrum with dozens in fancy dress, and a massive inflatable Eiffel Tower which was placed in the middle of the pitch. Dujardin himself was also hoisted above the pitch at one point.

Elsewhere, the aerobatics demonstration unit from France's Air Force - Patrouille de France - performed a flypast over the stadium, leaving behind a trail of colours matching the French flag.

Performers form a scrum during the opening ceremony of the World Cup. Credit: AP

Moments after the ceremony concluded, Macron was jeered by fans as he walked onto the pitch.

Chants of "Allez Les Bleus" rang out around the stadium, but some of the jeering continued, before other fans broke out into spontaneous chants of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise.

Macron, whose unpopular pension plan has led to social tensions, stood with his arms folded and applauded World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont after he finished his speech.

The Patrouille de France perform a flypast over the Stade de France. Credit: AP

But when it was Macron's turn to speak, the jeering became louder and the 45-year-old was barely audible.

The crowd cheered in unison only at the end when Macron declared the tournament to be open.

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