FRANCE POLITICS: Brigitte Macron Biography

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FRANCE POLITICS: Brigitte Macron Biography

Brigitte Macron Birth date: 13 April 1953. Nationality: France. Nickname: Bibi. Zodiac sign: Aries. Married to Emmanuel Macron. Occupation: Teacher of letters. Children: Sébastien Auzière (1975), Laurence Auzière (1984). Father: Jean Trogneux. You would be forgiven for thinking, at first glance, that the love story between France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, and his wife, Brigitte, was par for the course. Like most romances, it starts off when boy meets girl, and in their case, in high school. Boy and girl fall in love, even though everyone is against it. Years later, boy marries girl. And even more years later that boy ends up becoming the president of France. Here’s the twist: The girl was that boy’s teacher.

Yes, Brigitte, née Trogneux, first met Emmanuel, 39, when he was 15 and she was teaching an after-school drama program at his high school in the small town of Amiens. Back then, she was a married schoolteacher and had three kids, one of whom was a classmate of Emmanuel’s.

He quickly fell for her, while Brigitte has said she was initially blown away by her student’s precociousness, saying, “I was totally overcome by the intelligence of this boy.” The two grew close, and when his parents found out, they sent him to finish school in Paris with the hope that he would forget about Brigitte. Instead, he promised he would marry her one day. (Très romantique!)

While most stories of star-crossed love would have ended there, Emmanuel kept his promise. In 2007, when he was 29 and she was divorced, Macron asked Brigitte’s children for her hand in marriage; they all gave their blessing. The two have been inseparable ever since, and their families all seem to get along pretty well. Brigitte’s daughter Tiphaine worked on Emmanuel’s presidential campaign, and according to reports, her seven grandchildren affectionately call Emmanuel “Daddy.”

While Brigitte (or more accurately, her age) has caused a stir around the world, those who keep up with French politics know she’s only the latest in a series of unconventional first ladies moving into the Élysée Palace. In 2008, there was Carla Bruni, the former model and musician whom then-President Nicolas Sarkozy publicly courted and later married just a few months after meeting her at a dinner party.

And then came Valérie Trierweiler, a former Paris Match journalist who fell in love with politician François Hollande while he was still with his partner, Ségolène Royal. The two never married, but as Hollande’s partner, Trierweiler became France’s first lady in 2012. Only two years later, Trierweiler moved out of the Élysée Palace after it was revealed Hollande was sneaking off on secret rendezvous with another woman, actress Julie Gayet. How very French indeed.

Yet despite their scandalous predecessors, the Macrons’ 24-year age gap (which, it must be pointed out, is the same age difference between Donald and Melania Trump) has led to more than a few raised eyebrows, even among the unflappable French. The May-December relationship has led to rumors that Emmanuel is actually a closeted gay man, speculation that he laughed off during the campaign, accusing his critics of sexism.

“If I was 20 years older than my wife, no one would have questioned it being a legitimate relationship,” he said to Le Parisien. “It’s only because my wife is 20 years older than me that people say it’s not tenable.” And he has a point.

During last year’s American election, the vast difference in age between the Trumps rarely if ever came up as an issue. And when it was revealed Mick Jagger, 73, was having a baby with his 30-year-old girlfriend late last year, their 43-year age gap barely registered beyond a few tabloid items.

Rather than keeping their relationship low-profile, the Macrons have instead decided to fully embrace the spotlight, taking every opportunity to praise each other in public. “Without her, I wouldn’t be me,” he once said of her; she has stated she’s the “president of his fan club.”

Now that he won the election, all eyes are on what’s next. President Macron has already pledged he will appoint Brigitte to a public, unpaid position in his cabinet. “If I am elected—no, sorry, when we are elected—she will be there, with a role and a place,” he said told supporters before the election. Meanwhile, she’s managed to toss off some pretty great cracks of her own, having been quoted in a biography of the new president saying: “He needs to go for it in 2017, because by 2022 his problem will be my face.” A first lady who’s up to laugh at herself? Tell us more.

5 Top Things to Know About Brigitte Macron

1. She was his drama teacher
Both Trogneaux and Macron are from the northern French town of Amiens, where she taught literature, Latin, and drama at a private Jesuit school that he attended. When Macron was 15, she directed him in his first play, according to the BBC. He “had a relationship of equals with other adults,” Trogneaux has said. “I was totally overcome by the intelligence of this boy.”

2. It’s unclear when they became lovers
The couple won’t say when their relationship began, but Macron has said he loved her almost from the start—when he was just 17 he confessed his love to her, according to CNN. According to his biographer, Anne Fulda, Macron’s parents thought their smitten son had a crush on one of his classmates—Laurence Auzière. Instead, Macron had fallen in love with Auzière’s mom, his drama teacher.

“WHEN HE WAS JUST 17 HE CONFESSED HIS LOVE TO HER.”

When Macron’s parents found out, they asked Trogneaux to stay away from their son until he was 18. “I can’t promise anything,” she said. His parents sent him away to study, the BBC reported.

As he left Amiens, Macron told Trogneaux: “Whatever you do, I will marry you.”

3. Trogneux eventually left her husband for Macron
Born to a family of chocolate makers, Trogneaux married a banker named Andre Louis Auzière, with whom she had three children. (Today, she has seven grandchildren.) In 2006, Trogneux divorced Auzière and a year later, on October 20, 2007, married Macron.

“Love took everything in its path and led me to divorce,” she told Paris Match magazine in 2016. “It was impossible to resist him.”

Trogneux moved to Paris and continued to teach but in 2015 gave up her job to focus on her husband’s career, who was then France’s economy minister.

Macron’s mother, by the way, has said she considers Trogneux “more of a friend” than a daughter-in-law, according to the BBC.

4. She coached Macron through his presidential campaign
Trogneux played an active role in her husband’s campaign for president and is considered his “intellectual soulmate and confidante,” according to The Telegraph.

“Every night we debrief together and we repeat what we have heard about each other,” Trogneux told Paris Match. “I have to pay attention to everything, do the maximum to protect him,” she continued.

The Telegraph said Macron has been compared to former First Lady Michelle Obama because of the counsel she provides her husband. And now Macron plans to expand the role of France’s first lady. In France, first lady is not an official job but Macron has said he wants to formalize it.

“She will have an existence, she will have a voice there, a view on things,” he said. “She will be at my side, as she has always been, but she will also have a public role.”

Macron has described himself as a convert to feminism thanks to Trogneux’s influence and has promised to defend equal pay and maternity leave, according to The Telegraph. He also pledged that half of the candidates running for his party, En Marche (On The Move), in this June’s National Assembly elections will be women, the BBC reported.

5. Her children helped campaign for Macron
Before marrying Trogneux, Macron made sure to get the blessing of her three children, Sebastien, Laurence, and Tiphaine. “It was a powerful act because not everyone would have taken that precaution, to come and ask us for her hand in marriage. I mean, it wasn’t quite like that, but he did want to know if this was something we could accept,” Tiphaine Auziere told BFMTV, according to CNN.

The three adult children reportedly have a good relationship with Macron. They appeared at his campaign rallies wearing En Marche shirts, CNN said. Tiphaine has even worked as a lawyer on his campaign, according to the BBC.

– Brigitte Macron Biography (Vogue/Marie Claire)


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