French reports revealed the salary of a hairdresser, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, Mrs. Brigitte, which sparked widespread controversy among the French on social media, who saw that this cost the state budget more than necessary.
Macron’s wife’s hairstylist salary
It is noteworthy that the annual report of the Audit Bureau in France, through which it is clear that on July 29, 2020, the costs related mainly to the salaries of Brigitte’s staff amounted to 282,476 euros per month.
This is an amount roughly equal to what it was in 2017 and 2018 (278,750 euros).
While the activity of Emmanuel Macron’s wife increased, and she received more than 21,000 messages in 2019, asking her to improve her appearance, up from 19,500 messages in the previous year.
But heeding the requests of the French is not the only reason to spend Brigitte, who is good looking.
Financially, the French don’t see the whole picture, and the wrong number of 150,000 euros a year has been circulating online for a while, and it has caused a lot of reactions.
The talk of 5,200 euros a month for the Macron couple’s hairdresser, or 62,400 euros a year, is still controversial.
This is despite the fact that it is less than half the salary that the hairdresser of former French President Francois Hollande earned, which is 10 thousand euros per month, according to what was revealed in 2016.
It is noteworthy that Brigitte is famous for her haircut, in addition to her elegance in clothes.
Her office manager, Pierre Olivier Costa, previously confirmed to Le Figaro newspaper that she does not have a specific fashion designer.
At the same time, he explained that she benefits from the hairdresser “only during official trips.”
Costa added that the use of external services reduced the budget allocated to hairdressing and makeup by 70%, especially since Brigitte Macron is the one who takes care of her makeup herself.
Macron and Islamophobia in France
It is noteworthy that in another context and two weeks ago, Afzal Khan, a member of the British Parliament, sent a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing his “deep concern” about his treatment of Muslims and the rise of Islamophobia in his country.
“I am writing to you as a British Muslim parliamentarian who is deeply concerned about the growing phenomenon of Islamophobia in France, which is being strengthened legally in some cases,” wrote Khan, a Muslim representative from the Manchester Gorton constituency.
Today I wrote to @EmmanuelMacron expressing my concern over the rising Islamophobia in France.
Recent laws risk further hatred towards the French Muslim community & beyond.
It is all our responsibility to tackle this hatred & to ensure “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” for all 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/NKK133OuQC
– Afzal Khan MP 💙 (@ Afzal4Gorton) April 30, 2021
“The recent legislation passed by the French Senate to ban the headscarf for girls under the age of 18 carries the risk of encouraging religious hatred against Muslims and promoting despicable Islamophobia,” he added.
The parliamentarian, of Pakistani origin, added, “In addition to the ban on the headscarf, there are a number of other provisions in the bill, which are of great concern to Muslim communities in France and abroad. This includes prohibiting parents from wearing visible religious symbols while accompanying children on school trips, wearing burkini (full-coverage swimsuits) and banning prayers in university buildings and raising foreign flags at weddings.
Khan, as vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims (APPG) referred to the official definition of Islamophobia which he considers “rooted in racism against Islam”.
Khan added that the official definition is supported by all civil parties and groups across the political spectrum in the UK.
In his message to Macron, the MP also referred to the escalation of Islamophobia around the world, and referred to a report cited and used by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, which found that suspicion, hatred and discrimination against Muslims had risen to “epidemic proportions.” .
He continued, “In the spirit of freedom, equality and brotherhood, I urge you to address the issue of Islamophobia in France to ensure freedom and equality for all French citizens.”
Earlier this year, a coalition of international NGOs and civil society organizations submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Council in response to the violent crackdown on Muslims by the French government.
Last March, a coalition of international organizations and civil society groups submitted a formal complaint to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, about the hostile policies of the French government towards its Muslim citizens.
Macron announced, at the end of last year, that France must confront what he called “Islamic isolationism”, claiming that it seeks to “establish a parallel system” and “deny the republic.”
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