Why The French Government Backtracked On Plans To Give First Lady A Paid Role After Massive Protest
It appears the controversy over whether spouses of the President and Vice President should be paid salaries has generated heated public debate with many Ghanaians angry at the suggestion. The office of the First and Second Ladies have for many years been resourced with the budget of the Presidency but recent recommendations by the Ntiamoah-Badu led committee on emoluments has recommended the practice be rationalized.
This will make it possible for both the first and Second ladies to receive monthly salaries from the state. As the debate rages on, Paakwesiasare.biz decided to research further and found that in 2017, a similar proposal was shot down by the people of France after Mr. Macron attempted to give his wife Brigitte Macron a formal, paid role,
The decision was quickly ditched after a public backlash threatened to undermine his broader agenda of change and modernization.
In a statement, the presidency said Brigitte Macron would carry out “certain tasks” on behalf of the state, but would not get a salary, budget, or separate office, instead of working out of the Elysee Palace.
More than 220,000 people signed a petition against the initial plans for her position, accusing President Macron of nepotism.
Unlike the U.S. First Lady, the wife of the French president does not have a formal role, although they are often informal champions for charitable causes.
Past French presidential wives have had small teams working for them at the Elysee, but did not receive a salary.
Nevertheless, previous arrangements concerning perks for the wives, or partners, of French presidents had lacked transparency, which President Macron had sought to challenge.
So far many Ghanaians have raised concerns about the Ntiamoah-Badu committee recommendations as multiple lawsuits have also been filed at the supreme court challenging the committee’s recommendation. The Bono Regional Chairman of the NPP, Abronye DC, and two NDC MPs have in a separate suit invoked the jurisdiction of the supreme court challenging the authority of the committee in arriving at its decision. It is unclear however if Ghanaians are willing to go the extra mile to challenge the decision of the committee beyond the court case.