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French First Lady Brigitte Macron in homophobia row

French First Lady Brigitte Macron in homophobia row

Brigitte Macron

Brigitte Macron, the wife of French president Emmanuel Macron, has come under fire for posing in a photo.

The French First Lady posed for a photo with Marcel Campion at the Tuileries Christmas market in Paris.

Campion is a French businessman who made his fortune in the funfair of Paris. He’s affectionately known as the ‘king of funfairs’ and owns the ferris wheel of Paris.

But back in September, video emerged of Campion calling city officials ‘gay perverts’. He believes the city officials are trying to push his funfair out of the city.

He also said at the time: ‘I don’t have anything against gays. Except those ones who are a bit perverted.’

As a result of his comments, he resigned.

He said in a written statement: ‘In order not to harm my family or my profession, I decided to stop my personal activities and also to resign from my activities in the association of the Festive World,’ according to L’express.

He then added: ‘The course of my life proves that I am not homophobic and I reiterate my apologies to the people that it could have hurt.’

Brigitte Macron under fire

So when Brigitte Macron visited the funfair this weekend with her grandchildren, she posed in a photo with Campion.

News organization Le Parisien posted the photo to Twitter on Monday (24 December).

It caused a stir online, with LGBTI questioning why the First Lady is posing with a man who has made homophobic comments.

One Twitter user wrote: ‘So Brigitte Macron the “first lady of France” ostentatiously appears with Marcel Campion , who speaks of homosexuals as “fags” “perverse” that must be saved from AIDS… shame on her!’

Another tweeted: ‘Absolute shame. Unworthy of a First Lady.’

It is believed Brigitte Macron spoke to Campion about how much she disapproved of his homophobic comments.

The controversy comes about after heightened political turmoil for French President Emmanuel Macron.

There are currently violent protests around France, with protestors fighting against the rising cost of living and increased fuel prices.

The French President introduced a tax, which caused diesel fuel prices to jump by 23%.

Police have arrested more than 1,700 people since the continued protests broke out at the start of this month.

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