French President Emmanuel Macron’s celebration of his 40th birthday at a former royal château has come under fire from both left and right this weekend.
Macron, whose birthday is on Thursday, celebrated it this weekend with his wife Brigitte and family members at the Château de Chambord, a huge Renaissance palace built 500 years ago on the orders of King François I.
The party are reportedly not staying in the château itself but in a gamekeeper’s lodge, which is rented out for about 1,000 euros a night, a sum the couple are paying from their own pockets.
But that did not stop the choice ruffling some republican feathers.
“Le roi s’amuse,” (The King has fun), far-right MP Gilbert Collard tweeted quoting the title of a play by Victor Hugo that was the basis of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto.