Opinion

Thursday 14 December 2017

France says ‘non’ to Brigitte Macron — does the world really need any more First Ladies?

Lady in red: The French objected to President Emmanuel Macron's plans to give his wife Brigitte a formal First Lady role
Lady in red: The French objected to President Emmanuel Macron's plans to give his wife Brigitte a formal First Lady role
Sinead Ryan

Sinead Ryan

It seems as if French President Emmanuel Macron's honeymoon is already over. The 39-year-old (one of a triumvirate of youthful leaders of 'new politics' of which our own Leo Varadkar and Canada's PM Justin Trudeau are the others) has found his people have turned against his plan to nominate his wife to a formal First Lady role.

The 64-year-old Brigitte Macron is glamorous, chic and constantly champions French fashion designers (why wouldn't she?), but it seems that as far as a job title goes, she isn't considered up to public office.

Despite a lustrous career as a literature teacher in an elite school, 275,000 people have signed a petition to ensure she isn't appointed by her husband, despite Mr Macron confirming no public funds would be paid to her.

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