Macron to aban­don plans for of­fi­cial first lady

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE -

French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron is to aban­don plans to cre­ate an of­fi­cial role of first lady for his wife Brigitte, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Dur­ing his cam­paign, Mr Macron had said he wanted to cre­ate “a real sta­tus” for his wife.

But an on­line pe­ti­tion against the move has gained al­most 290,000 sig­na­tures.

French me­dia re­port that Brigitte Macron’s po­si­tion will be clar­i­fied in the com­ing days, but that the con­sti­tu­tion will not be al­tered.

In a TV in­ter­view dur­ing is pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Mr Macron said that, if elected, he would want the role of first lady to be “de­fined”.

“She [Brigitte Macron] will have a say on what she wants to be,” he told TF1 in April.

The French con­sti­tu­tion gives no of­fi­cial sta­tus to a pres­i­dent’s spouse, al­though they are typ­i­cally al­lo­cated an of­fice in the Elysée Palace, an as­sis­tant or two, and se­cu­rity guards.

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