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French Citizens Try to Stop Macron`s Wife from Being First Lady
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, his wife Brigitte Macron await Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel for a diner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 20, 2017. AP
Tuesday, 08 August, 2017 | 13:18 WIB
French Citizens Try to Stop Macron`s Wife from Being First Lady

TEMPO.CO, Paris - A petition to prevent the granting of the status to First Lady to the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, has reportedly gained 180,000 of the 200,000 required signatures since it began two weeks ago.

The rejection petition made by French painter Thierry Paul Valette, demands that no public funds be set aside for the position of First Lady to Brigitte Macron.

"Brigitte Macron currently has a team of two or three staff, and two secretaries and two security agents, that is enough," the contents of the petition were quoted as said by RT on Monday, August 7, 2017.

Despite his refusal, the petition explained that the refusal was by no means an offense to Brigitte Macron or her ability as a presidential aide.

It is explicitly stated that the refusal was aimed at an initiative to grant special status to President Macron's wife because it is related to the budget tightening that is being launched by the country.

The opposition in parliament also rejected the plan presented amid the financial crisis and budget cuts in the French government.

Parliament will also issue a new law designed to prevent MPs hiring family members as their assistants.

While campaigning, Macron has announced his intention to create a position for his wife and promises no public funds will be used to finance it.

Macron and Brigitte's love story is quite adorned in the media both in France and abroad during the last presidential election. Although Brigitte is older than Macron, the French people do not really care and accept the 63-year-old woman as their President's wife.

Emmanuel Macron won victory with the newly formed En Marche party in May, and became the youngest president in French history.



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