Brigitte Macron– Perhaps the most striking thing there is to know about the new French first lady is that she is 24 years older than the president-elect, Emmanuel Macron.
According to the 39-year old, his wife Brigitte has always been his mentor and inspiration.
After the first phase of his victory in April, Macron proudly said:
“Without her, I wouldn’t be me,”
The Macron couple met under a teacher-student basis. Later on, life took another twist and they became close enough to be married.
As a 15-year-old Emmanuel Macron took part in a school play directed by Brigitte.
Born as Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux in Amiens, the newest French first lady was the youngest of 6 children.
In 1974, Brigitte got married to André-Louis Auzière, a banker. Together they had 3 children. At 64 she is a grandmother of 7 grandchildren.
By the 1980s, Brigitte was a literature teacher at the Collège Lucie-Berger in Strasbourg. 10 years later she was teaching French and Latin at Lycée la Providence, a Jesuit high school in Amiens.
It was while teaching here that she met the teenage intellectual who swept her off her feet.
“I was totally overcome by the intelligence of this boy.”
It is not clear when their affair started but she recalls Macron professing his love to her at 17. For some weird reason he also made sure to tell her he would marry her someday.
10 years later Emmanuel Macron gave life to that promise. In 2006, she divorced her first husband and one year later married Macron.
As expected the relationship met with all kinds of criticism.
In the words of the president-elect, Macron it was “a love often clandestine, often hidden, misunderstood by many before imposing itself”.
Brigitte Macron has never held a public office before. However record shows that she ran for the city council of Truchtersheim in 1989, but lost.
In 2015 she gave up her teaching career to serve as her husband’s adviser. At the time Macron was the country’s economy minister.
French government unlike the Americans does not formally recognize the office of the first lady. Under Macron’s watch, all that is about to change. He says that his wife who is also his intellectual soulmate and confidante will have an official role; but with no salary.
“She will have an existence, she will have a voice there, a view on things. She will be at my side, as she has always been, but she will also have a public role.”
Emmanuel Macron’s view on women is believed to be courtesy of his wife, Brigitte. The independent winner has promised that half of all the candidates running for office under the En Marche (On The Move) party in June’s National Assembly elections will all be women.
Brigitte Macron’s children who are about the same age as her husband were seen to be devoutly campaigning for their stepfather.
The new French first lady has made peace with the age difference between her and her husband. She was quoted to have said:
“He needs to go for it in 2017 because by 2022, his problem will be my face.”
Did you know that the US President Donald Trump is also 24 years older than his wife, Melania Trump?