Macron Under Fire for Ordering Pricey China Set Amid Row Over Public Spending | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Macron Under Fire for Ordering Pricey China Set Amid Row Over Public Spending

Crockery shopping for the presidential palace has put the French head of state, dubbed the “president of the rich,” into a new controversy as it was reported that a new set cost $586,000. The revelations came right after Macron’s critical remarks over a “shedload of cash” on welfare emerged.

The 1,200 piece designer set, chosen by first lady Brigitte Macron, was ordered to change the shabby plates from the mid-20th century, according to the presidential Élysée Palace.

The order, which included 900 dinner plates and 300 side plates, was placed with the Manufacture de Sèvres, which has been known worldwide for its fancy porcelain for nearly 200 years. The leading French satiric outlet Le Canard enchaîné reported that the price tag for the set, designed by the artist Evariste Richer, is as much as 500,000 euros ($586,000), or 400 euros ($470) a plate.

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