Monday, 21 August 2017

French president Macron assigns his wife, Brigitte Macron new official role

After a failed attempt by Emmanuel Macron, the President of France to formalize the installation of his wife, Brigitte Macron, as a first lady which was contrary to the French constitution, the President cabinet’s has crafted a new role for the Mrs Macron.

It would be recalled that a petition which recorded a whooping 234,000 signatures was responsible for the cabinet’s withdrawal of the move.

However, the President who has seen his popularity shockingly decline in just a few months at the helm has assigned his wife an official and unpaid representing role.

She will have an active role in civil society, focusing on the disabled, education, children, women's issues, health and gender equality.

It stipulates that Mrs Macron will not be paid a salary for exercising her duties, nor will she have her own budget or expenses claims. The costs will come out of the presidential budget.

She will have the assistance of two advisers, her own office and a secretariat.

The Elysée Palace's new "charter" (in French) is an innovation - no previous French presidency has stated the spouse's role so clearly.

Creating an official first lady position would have required a change to the law or constitution. Instead, the charter uses the term "the head of state's spouse".

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