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French presidency gives official role to Brigitte Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron walk in the Elysee Palace courtyard July 6, 2017 Photograph: (Reuters)

AFP Paris, France Aug 21, 2017, 10.29 AM (IST)

The French presidency said Monday that Brigitte Macron, the wife of President Emmanuel Macron, would have an official role representing France but would not be paid or have her own budget or staff.

A proposal by Macron during campaigning earlier this year to create a new First Lady status for her has been shelved following an outcry, but the presidency had promised to clarify her position and the resources at her disposal.

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