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How much does Macron earn as President of France and what is his salary?

As the French president fought Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s elections to remain in his position, voters were asking what wealth the role created.

LE TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE, FRANCE - APRIL 24: Emmanuel Macron salutes voters as he leaves his house with Brigitte Macron to go vote on April 24, 2022 in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen were both qualified on Sunday April 10th for France's 2022 presidential election second round to be held on April 24. This is the second consecutive time the two candidates face-off in the final round of elections. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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The second round of the French presidential elections began on Sunday 24 April with an encouraging forecast for current president Emmanuel Macron: the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) poll giving him an 11-point lead over the other candidate, Marine Le Pen.

Macron faces Le Pen in presidential election

Macron has been the head of the Elysée Palace for five years and could remain in government until 2027 if the predictions come true, which give Macron an estimated 55.5% of the vote, with a simple majority required for another five years. If nothing changes, Scholz, Macron, Sánchez, Draghi and other big names will be in charge of structuring Europe in the coming years. But what do they charge for doing so?

How much do European leaders get paid?

Forbes magazine has published an article that lists the salaries of the different European leaders. Macron, the current French president and co-prince of Andorra, receives around 142,000 euros per year, ($154,000). It may seem like a high salary for a politician to some, but Macron is by no means the highest-paid European leader.

Guy Parmelin, the Swiss president who will be replaced by Ignazio Cassis in 2022, receives just over 423,000 euros a year, according to Vózpopuli. Olaf Scholz, Merkel’s recent successor as German chancellor, is paid 350,000 euros a year, according to Statista. Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel receives around 233,000 euros a year and Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has a salary of 215,843 euros a year.

Behind them and below 200,000 euros a year is Boris Johnson, with the British prime minister receiving around 180,000 euros a year. Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, received almost 173,000 euros per year between 2013 and 2021, and the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, receives 172,000 euros per year. Both Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo and Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz receive around 138,000 euros per year.

At the next step below 100,000 euros is Portugal’s prime minister, Antonio Costa, who receives 91,000 euros a year; Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s prime minister, with 84,845 euros a year (around 7,000 euros a month if divided into 12 payments); Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, with 59,000 euros a year; and the president of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, with 52,500 euros a year.

The average salary received by the aforementioned leaders is around 160,000 euros per year, so both Macron and Sánchez receive a salary below it.


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