Macron Criticized for Celebrating Birthday in Royal Style

Macron Criticized for Celebrating Birthday in Royal Style

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday celebrated his birthday at the iconic chateau of King Francois I, a choice denounced by critics as an example of how he is "cut off from the people".
Macron, who turns 40 on Thursday, is spending the weekend with his wife Brigitte and extended family at the chateau of Chambord in France's Loire Valley, AFP reported.
With its fairy tale facade, elaborately turreted roofline and vast grounds, Chambord is probably the valley's best-known Renaissance chateau, located about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southwest of Paris.
The Elysee Palace said Macron and his wife were using private funds to pay for their stay.
But the choice of venue was criticized by several French politicians.
"Why is he celebrating his birthday at Chambord?" asked radical-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon, quoted in the newspaper Le Figaro.

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