Brigitte Macron’s office to cost French taxpayers €440,000
The office of France’s first spouse Brigitte Macron is budgeted to cost taxpayers €440,000 in 2018, Parliament Relations Minister Christophe Castaner told the National Assembly, the country’s lower house of parliament.
Castaner was responding Friday to queries from MPs of far-left party France Insoumise. He indicated that the cost would cover salaries of two aides and a secretariat. The amount does not seem to include the cost of police protection, which is bundled in with that of French President Emmanuel Macron’s detail. Brigitte Macron herself will not draw a salary, and only the expenses incurred by her official duties will be covered by the state budget.
Macron had indicated during his electoral campaign that he favored giving presidential spouses a proper legal status to get out of what he called the “hypocrisy” of past presidencies on the matter.
Once elected though, he backtracked after a campaign from opposition parties, falling back on the promise of a “transparency charter” that was adopted during the summer.
France Insoumise deputies still protested on Friday. “We should break with the idea of a monarchical presidency,” said an MP representing the northern Paris suburbs, Alexis Corbière.
“The president didn’t hire Brigitte Macron, he married her,” Castaner responded.
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