French President Emmanuel Macron had said during his campaign that he wanted to create “a real status” for his wife Brigitte Macron whom the constitution does not back to become officially addressed as the “first lady”
However, an online petition against any move to make the wife of France’s new president an official first lady has gained almost 290,000 signatures.
French media report that Brigitte Macron’s position will be clarified in the coming days, but that the constitution will not be altered.
President Macron had said during a TV interview as a running candidate into office that, if elected, he would want the role of first lady to be “defined”.
“She [Brigitte Macron] will have a say on what she wants to be”
The French constitution does permit a president’s wife to be allocated an office in the Elysée Palace, an assistant or two, and security guards.
Government spokesman Cristoph Castaner posted several tweets on Monday evening suggesting Mrs Macron’s role would be clarified but no change to the constitution would be made.
Critics have suggested the French President was attempting to copy the US model, however, the American role of first lady is also unofficial.