> In the context that the cleaning up of public life, in the context of presidential campaign which was very, very difficult, which was grueling and really awful, you can't now say that you're going to make the wife of the head of state an official status.
That petition created by artist Thierry Paul Valette is approaching 300,000 signatures.>>
She'll be the First Lady, she'll have her staff, it's not even good for her, it's not good for her image.>> The petition provoking a response from the French government on Tuesday. Government spokesman, Christophe Castaner, taking to Twitter to say that Brigitte Macron has roles and responsibilities, but that she would be getting no salary and there would be no new funding for her role.
Unlike the United States, France has no statutory role of First Lady. Emmanuel Macron has said Brigitte will not be paid by the taxpayer but should have official status. The precise details of such a role are still being drafted, but this petition objected to public funds being used for that role.
One of Macron's key campaign pledges was cleaning up France's scandal plagued politics. Since then, his popularity has dipped as he proposed major cuts in spending on the the military and housing benefits. And with a poll in May saying 68% of French people were opposed to an official First Lady role, Macron's popularity could be heading for another hit.