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Emmanuel Macron is right to want Brigitte to be France’s first lady | Anne Perkins

In our era of personalised politics, creating a formal office for a leader’s consort would be a recognition of the unique demands on the power behind the throne

In an early series of House of Cards, the long-running Netflix presidential drama, Claire Underwood – the future US first lady – articulates the essential dilemma of the modern political spouse, of a woman who has her own life and her own ambitions. “We used to make each other stronger,” she says with her hallmark savagery. “At least I thought so, but that was a lie. We were making …read more

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