22nd August 09:45 AM
Thousands sign petition in France to ensure that the President’s wife has no official status
By Semi Turaga
Wednesday 09/08/2017
Emmanuel Macron, 39, with his wife Brigitte, who is 24 years his senior

Thousands of people in France are signing a petition to ensure that the President’s wife has no official status.

The BBC reports French President Emmanuel Macron is to abandon plans to create an official role of first lady for his wife Brigitte.

During his campaign, Macron had said he wanted to create "a real status" for his wife.

But an online petition against the move has gained almost 290,000 signatures.

French media report that Brigitte Macron's position will be clarified in the coming days but the constitution will not be altered.

The French constitution gives no official status to a president's spouse.

Source : BBC

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