France's First Lady Brigitte Macron Discusses Her Marriage's 24-Year Age Gap

Elias Hubbard
August 21, 2017

The former school teacher will have two presidential advisors and her own cabinet, paid for from Macron's budget, and will focus on working with charities helping children and handicapped people.

To be First Lady implies to be constantly scrutinized, a " constraint " of which she is perfectly aware "Since the election of her husband, Brigitte Macron, anxious to keep her freedom, has developed several techniques to escape the gaze of others: " It is not born who will lock me, "she says". She will accompany her husband at summits and formal meetings and can take part in worldwide actions "with other spouses of heads of state, in particular to fight against climate change or violence against women and children".

An online petition against creating an official First Lady role - which would have required a change in the law or constitution - garnered more than 300,000 signatures in August.

Brigitte Macron's spokesperson told AFP: "It is not a legal status but a commitment, which is only valid for Brigitte Macron and for the duration of the term of office of Emmanuel Macron, and which will not be binding on his successors or their spouses". "It's because she is 20 years older than me that lots of people say, 'This relationship can't be tenable'".

"The spouse of the President of the Republic exercises, by virtue both of Republican tradition and diplomatic practice, a role of representation, patronage and accompaniment of the Head of State in his missions", the statement reads.

She accompanied the president to a G7 summit in Italy and was also by his side when he welcomed US President Donald Trump to Paris in July.

Brigitte Macron's interview - her first since the Emmanuel was elected in May - came as her husband marked his first days 100 days in office with a dramatic plummet in his popularity.

The couple ended up pursuing a passionate affair, before the mother of three left her first husband. Our story is so simple'.

"If I hadn't made this choice, I would have missed out on my life", she said.

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