Elle, Aug. 28, 2017

President Emmanuel Macron's popularity may be plunging right now but his wife, Brigitte, is in hot demand, in part over a controversy surrounding her status as France's First Lady.

The latest issue of women’s magazine Elle features Brigitte Macron's first public interview since her husband's election in May. The weekly sold 530,000 copies of the issue, breaking a 10-year sales record, according to a report in the Journal du Dimanche.

The interview includes details about her relationship with the president — Brigitte is 25 years older than the 39-year-old Emmanuel — and about the controversy relating to the title of First Lady: While Macron had sought an official role for his wife that would have included a taxpayer-funded budget, a public outcry led the government to abandon that bid.

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