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Opposition mounts against official 'first lady' role for Brigitte Macron

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Opposition mounts against official 'first lady' role for Brigitte Macron
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10:32 CEST+02:00
French President Emmanuel Macron has made it clear that he wants to give his wife Brigitte an official role as France's first lady but if a new petition is anything to go by, it looks like the French aren't so keen.
Nearly 200,000 people have signed an online petition against the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron being given a formal position as the country's First Lady.
   
The petition on change.org began two weeks ago to demand that no public money be set aside for the First Lady role which Macron promised to create for his wife Brigitte on the campaign trail ahead of his victory in May.
   
"Brigitte Macron currently has a team of two or three aides, as well as two secretaries and two security agents. That's enough," says the petition which had collected around 190,000 signatories on Monday morning. 
 
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Macron, 39, promised to create the position for his 64-year-old wife to clarify her status but promised that she would not be paid from public funds.
   
Far-left opponents of Macron in parliament have already protested against the plan at a time when the government is cutting budgets and about to pass a new law to prevent MPs from hiring family members as assistants.
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