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'She' Is The One: French First Lady Breaks Elle Magazine Record

French First Lady Brigitte Macron on Elle cover
French First Lady Brigitte Macron on Elle cover
Lucie Jung

Elle, Aug. 28, 2017

President Emmanuel Macron's popularity may be plunging right now but his wife, Brigitte, is in hot demand, in part over a controversy surrounding her status as France's First Lady.

The latest issue of women's magazine Elle features Brigitte Macron's first public interview since her husband's election in May. The weekly sold 530,000 copies of the issue, breaking a 10-year sales record, according to a report in the Journal du Dimanche.

The interview includes details about her relationship with the president — Brigitte is 25 years older than the 39-year-old Emmanuel — and about the controversy relating to the title of First Lady: While Macron had sought an official role for his wife that would have included a taxpayer-funded budget, a public outcry led the government to abandon that bid.

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Ukrainian Women At The Front: Don't Ask Us About Pads, We're Short On Weapons

Almost a year ago, a well-known lawyer, Yevhenia Zakrevska, became a soldier in the Ukrainian Armed Forces and now serves as an aerial reconnaissance officer. She tells her story to Ukrainian news media Livy Bereg.

Photo of Military parade in honor of the Independence Day of Ukraine

Military parade in honor of the Independence Day of Ukraine

Victoria Guerra

In an interview with the Ukrainian media outlet Livy Bereg, former lawyer and human rights activist Yevhenia Zakrevska recounts how, after Russia invaded, she volunteered for the territorial defense of Kyiv, learned to fly reconnaissance drones, and now works on the front line.

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Women with a military background are serving in the Ukrainian army, but so too are volunteers. Yevgeniya has enlisted in the territorial defense unit in Kyiv, but with her team, she has already been to other cities in Ukraine where there are active combat operations.

Here is her story.

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