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Jakarta Post

Cadet of French descent wins Indonesian hearts. Then, a photo changes everything

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 13, 2019   /  07:27 pm
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A screengrab depicting Enzo Allie, taken from a video posted by the official Instagram account of the Indonesian Military Information Center (Puspen TNI).(

Enzo Zenz Allie, an 18-year-old Indonesian citizen of French descent, has become the unlikely subject of a social media controversy. His popularity began innocuously, as videos and photos of his recruitment as a Military Academy cadet under the Indonesian Military (TNI) made him a heartthrob among netizens seemingly overnight, with many expressing their fondness for his half-Caucasian look and proficiency in spoken French. In a video posted on the official Indonesian Army Instagram feed @tni_angkatan_darat that has since gone viral, Enzo converses with TNI commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto in French during his recruitment interview. Enzo told the military commander, among other things, details about his upbringing in Paris, France, as well as his life in Indonesia.         View this post on Instagram   ...