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The French first lady has shared some insight into the life of Melania Trump during her visit to the White House.

Brigitte Macron has called The US first lady “really fun”, but says “she can’t do anything”.

Speaking to Le Monde on the tail end of her three-day state visit to Washington with her husband, French president Emmanuel Macron, she said:

[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 internet has speculated much on the seemingly awkward interactions between the US president and his wife, from the multiple times she appears to have avoided her husband's hands, reports that Donald Trump was too “busy” to get his wife a birthday present, and her increasingly cold behaviour towards her husband (if videos of them together are anything to go by).

However, Macron also insists that the US first lady, who is reportedly fluent in five languages, is “kind, charming, intelligent and very open”, and admits that living in the public sphere can be difficult.

She says:

Everything is interpreted, over-interpreted. She’s someone who has a strong personality, but works hard to hide it. She laughs very easily, at everything, but shows it less than I do.

That might explain a lot.

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