190,000 Sign Petition To Stop First Lady Office In France

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About 190,000 people have signed petition against the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron being given a formal position as the country’s First Lady.

The online petition was published on the change.org platform and created by Thierry Paul Valette, the founder of the “national equality” movement.

The organisation’s aim is to combat corruption and discrimination.

The petition specifies that, if enacted, the special status would allow the first lady benefit from the French budget.

 Having an office, staff and an allowance from the public purse are examples of some such benefits.

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.

During his presidential campaign, Macron, who took office in May, said that he wanted to create the position for his wife in order to clarify her status, promising that no public funds would be used to pay her.

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