Macron in hot water over price of new crockery

At a time of national belt-tightening due to his far-reaching programme of economic reforms, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have caused controversy over their decision to order new crockery for the Elysée Palace that one media report estimated has cost 500,000 euros.

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With some of their crockery dating back to the time of President René Coty in the 1950s, France’s first couple badly needed a dinner service that “corresponded better to the present day”, the Élysée let it be known, reports The Guardian.