NNA – French President Emmanuel Macron will celebrate his 40th birthday Saturday at the vast and luxurious Château de Chambord south of Paris.
Macron, who has been dubbed “president of the rich” by critics, traveled to Chambord with his wife Brigitte and family members on Friday for the celebrations, ahead of his birthday on December 21.
The president and his wife paid for the weekend at Chambord out of their own funds, with the Elysée presidential palace ensuring security, French media reported.
They will spend the weekend at an inn and will only go to the château on Saturday for a dinner in the president’s honor.
But despite their relatively modest choice of accommodation, the couple’s decision to celebrate at Chambord, a vast royal domain with sumptuous galleries and vast grounds, prompted criticism of tone-deafness.
“In today’s France, and from a head of state who knows the value of signs and symbols, celebrating his birthday at Chambord doesn’t make any sense,” tweeted Marion Van Renterghem, a journalist and author. — Politico