Brigitte Macron takes role of France’s first lady

Connexion talks to Anne Fulda, author of a new book about Emmanuel Macron and Bertrand Meyer-Stabley, who wrote Première Dame, les femmes de Président, about the evolving role of the First Lady of France.

The new ‘First Lady’ of France, Brigitte Macron, is not going to be hiding from the limelight – her husband Emmanuel says he wants her to play an important role at his side as he takes up the presidency.

While the job is not official as it is in the USA – it is not mentioned in any legal text – President Macron has said he wants that to change.

Being a French President’s wife has evolved over the decades. Anne Fulda, a Le Figaro political writer and author of Emmanuel Macron: Un jeune homme si parfait (such a perfect young man), said: “Politicians put their private lives in the public eye now. The wife is a political tool.”

It is a far cry from the wife’s role in the second half of the 20th century. The most discreet of all First Ladies, said Ms Fulda, was Anne-Aymone Giscard d’Estaing, wife of Valéry (President from 1974-1981).

“And Danielle, the wife of François Mitterrand [1981-1995], was similarly low-profile. Then during the early part of his presidency, ...

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