France's first lady Brigitte Macron draws comparisons to Michelle Obama

There is speculation that the wife of France's newly elected president could have a high-profile role similar to that of former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, notes The Local.

The BBC reports that Emmanuel Macron has said of his wife Brigitte, "She will have an existence, she will have a voice there, a view on things. She will be at my side, as she has always been, but she will also have a public role."

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This represents a departure for France which does not have a legal framework in place for the president's spouse to work in the administration, unlike the U.S. which provides the first lady an office, staff, and budget.

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Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, arrives on stage with his wife Brigitte Trogneux to deliver a speech at the Parc des Expositions hall in Paris after early results in the first round of 2017 French presidential election, France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Emmanuel Macron (L), head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux stand together at a polling station to vote in Le Touquet, northern France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche! (Onwards!) and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose for the photograph in Le Touquet, France, April 22, 2017, on the eve of the first round of presidential election. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, kisses his wife Brigitte Trogneux as he arrives on stage to deliver a speech at the Parc des Expositions hall in Paris after early results in the first round of 2017 French presidential election, France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche ! (Onwards !) and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose during a lunch break as part of a campaign visit in Bagneres de Bigorre, in the Pyrenees mountain, France, April 12, 2017. Picture taken April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche!, or Onwards!, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose in countryside in Le Touquet, France, on the eve of France's first round of the Presidential election, April 22, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement 'En Marche!', or 'Onwards!', and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, kisses his wife Brigitte Trogneux as they attend a meeting for Women's Day in Paris, France, March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux attend a political rally for his political movement, En Marche !, or Forward !, in Le Mans, France, October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Economy minister Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux arrive to attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (L) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux attend the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 23: Founder and Leader of the political movement 'En Marche !' and presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (R), with his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L), addresses activists after the announcement of the French presidential Election results on April 23, 2017 in Paris, France. According to projected results, founder and leader of the political movement 'En Marche !' Emmanuel Macron has received the most votes with National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen in second place, meaning both will now compete against each other in the next round of the French Presidential Elections on May 7. (Photo by Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images)
French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron (L) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux react during a meeting at the Parc des Expositions in Paris, on April 23, 2017, after the first round of the Presidential election. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron (R) kisses his wife Brigitte Trogneux prior to deliver a speech at the Parc des Expositions in Paris, on April 23, 2017, after the first round of the Presidential election. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
LE TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE, FRANCE - APRIL 23: French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron for the En Marche ! movement flanked by his wife Brigitte Trogneux speaks with supporters as he leaves the Touquet polling station after voting for the 1st round of French presidential election on April 23, 2017 in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 17: Brigitte Trogneux (C) attends a meeting of her husband Emmanuel Macron (not pictured), Founder and Leader of the political movement 'En Marche !' and candidate for the 2017 French Presidential Election at AccorHotels Arena (named before Paris Bercy) on April 17, 2017 in Paris, France. France will go to the polls on April 23 to decide their next President. (Photo by Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)
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However, the couple, whose 24-year age difference has been well-publicized, have consistently expressed their close partnership in his success, notes CNN.

As a former teacher, she has also spoken up about her desire to advocate for issues related to education, children with disabilities, and women.

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As such, Alix Bouilhaguet, a French journalist, told The Local that "Michelle Obama is a good reference for Brigitte Macron." Also like Michelle, Brigitte will likely not be paid for her work.

France's president-elect has made this clear to the country's voters after there was public outcry over allegations that the wife of fellow presidential candidate François Fillon was paid more than $1 million in public funds for what has been called "a fake job."

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