France’s first lady Brigitte Macron feels sorry for Melania Trump.
Trump’s French counterpart compared her own life to that of the U.S. first lady and was struck by the differences in the two women’s lives while revealing that Melania is “actually really fun.”
“We have the same sense of humor. We laugh a lot together,” Macron told Le Monde, in an interview translated and published by The Guardian.
But Macron noted, after she and her husband, President Emmanuel Macron, spent a three day visit with the U.S. president and his wife in Washington, D.C. , Melania “cannot do anything.”
“She can’t even open a window at the White House. She can’t go outside. She’s much more constrained than I am. I go out every day in Paris,” the 65 year-old former French and drama teacher said of her life in Paris’ Élysée Palace.
The American first lady seldom gets to “live a normal life,” according to Macron.
“Everything is interpreted, over-interpreted. She’s someone who has a strong personality, but works hard to hide it,” Macron added. She laughs very easily, at everything, but shows it less than I do.”
Macron, who is 25 years older than her husband who is her former student, revealed that Melania, who is 24 years younger than her 71-year-old husband, was “kind, charming, intelligent and very open.”
She admitted the strains of being in the spotlight affect her just as they do Melania, as she has to “be careful what I say. I have the impression that every word is a word too many, I’m constantly holding myself back. That’s the hardest part: there’s never really any time off, never a moment when you can be completely calm.”
The French president and his wife were welcomed to the first official Trump state dinner which was planned by the first lady.
The two presidents, despite their political differences, showed the world what good friends they appear to have become as the couples captivated in photos for days.
The Trumps met the Macrons for the first time when they visited France last year.