French President Emmanuel Macron (Front R) attends an inauguration ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, along with his wife Brigitte Macron on May 14, 2017. (Xinhua/Chen Yichen)
PARIS, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, attained an official role on Monday after the Elysee Palace published a "charter of transparency" on her status.
According to the published document, the missions of Mrs. Macron are "exercised within the Presidency of the Republic and alongside the President of the Republic."
One of the tasks for Mrs. Macron is to ensure "the representation of France, alongside the President of the Republic, at international summits and meetings."
In addition to accompanying her husband to international events, Brigitte Macron can take part in national and international actions, set up with other spouses of heads of state, to fight against climate change or violence against women and children, said the charter.
At the national level, Brigitte Macron "oversees the holding of official events and receptions in the Elysee Palace" and "supports, through her sponsorship or presence, events of a charitable, cultural or social nature."
The charter also mentions the fact that Mrs. Macron receives every day more than 100 letters and many e-mails and phone calls to which she answers "either by mail or by meetings."
She will not receive her own budget, any remuneration or any representation costs, but two staff members and a secretary will be made available to her, financed by the president's budget, the charter adds.
Macron promised during his election campaigns to create a new "First Lady" status for his wife, but the plan was met with furious opposition across the country, which gathered over 300,000 signatures in an online petition.