‘The heaviest cost’

Brigitte Macron gives candid assessment of what life is like as France’s first lady

French first lady Brigitte Macron visits the Duke Ellington School of the Arts on April 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

During an official state visit to the U.S. to meet with President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, Brigitte Macron revealed that she still has trouble seeing herself as her country’s France’s first lady — except when she’s being forced to stand alongside her husband, President Emmanuel Macron, for photo ops.

“What I don’t like is that there is never an off time. Wherever you are there is always someone there to take a photo,” explained Macron, 65. “There is never a time when you can be completely tranquil. That’s the heaviest cost.”

“I don’t feel at all like the first lady,” she added. “You fall into this responsibility to represent French men and women. If not, I live a normal life.”

Macron, a former high school teacher who famously met her future husband when he was her teenage student, had previously sought a larger role in the presidential administration — but her husband was forced to abandon a proposal to give her an official position following public outcry from the French public, which expressed unease with the idea of handing power to someone who had not been officially elected. Speaking during a solo outing to Washington, D.C., Macron bemoaned the largely image-oriented role of being a first lady.

“I always play truant from school,” she said. There is a small label on the floor, so I put myself where people tell me to stand … We are here, without being there, while being there.”

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.

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