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Opposition mounts against official ‘first lady’ role for Brigitte Macron

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.

Opposition mounts against official 'first lady' role for Brigitte Macron
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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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Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

 
The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.
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