Brigitte Macron has spoken out on the controversial 'first lady' role, her relationship with the French president and the issues that matter to her in her first press interview.
In her interview with Elle magazine, Brigitte makes it clear that her role will be an informal one.
"It will be decided, not by a law, but by issuing a 'transparency charter' showing that I am not paid, by laying out exactly what my tasks are and how I am going about them."
"On the Élysée website, my meetings and appointments will be available so that the French know exactly what I am doing. What's important is that everything is clear: like those that have gone before me, I will take up my public role but the French will know what means are available to me."
A petition against the creation of an official 'first lady' role for the president's wife that garnered over 200,000 signatures said: "Brigitte Macron currently has a team of two or three aides, as well as two secretaries and two security agents. That's enough".
In her interview with Elle, Brigitte also directly addresses the 25-year age gap between her and her husband, which has attracted so much attention since they entered the public spotlight. She claims that her husband's only fault is that "he is younger than I am."
However she goes on to praise their relationship, saying, "With Emmanuel, I am very used to extraordinary things happening to me and I always wonder what the next adventure will be. And this has lasted 20 years."
"When I read things about us as a couple, I always feel like I'm reading someone else's story. But our story is so simple."
She goes on to say that if she hadn't made the choice to be with Macron, she would have "let life pass me by".
Known for her interest in education, Macron went on to say: "I think that the 21st century will be female, that these are the women that can, maybe, find a way through this world."
She also reveals that during the election campaign, she was only truly worried on one evening, that of the second round of the election.
"Many people mistakenly thought that after the first round, we thought it was won. We never thought that. Especially since I’m not one for anticipation; for me, a thing exists only when it arrives, not before."