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Who is Brigitte Macron, Emmanuel Macron’s wife and First Lady of France?

The French first lady is 24 years older than her husband, whom she met while she was a high school teacher in Amiens.

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 decisive second round of the French 2022 elections on Sunday 24 April, will see the president of the French Republic elected. The current leader, Emmanuel Macron, is predicted to beat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, and extend his stay since he first took over on 14 May 2017, although the country is as divided as ever.

Macron will continue in power along with his wife, the first lady of France, Brigitte Macron, and more and more questions are being asked about her.

Macrons: a 24-year age difference

Her maiden name is Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux and she is a native of Amiens, where she was born on 13 April 1953, having just turned 69 during the campaign for the presidential election. She is nicknamed ‘Bibi’ and has been married to Emmanuel Macron since 2007. She was previously married to banker André-Louis Auzière (1974-2006), whom she divorced just a year before.

Brigitte is 24 years older than her husband, Emmanuel having been born on 21 December 1977, also in Amiens. The French First Lady has three children, all from her previous marriage, although their relationship with their step-father is exceptional. Indeed, the first lady’s seven grandchildren consider Macron to be their grandfather.

Emmanuel Macron, France's president, and his wife Brigitte Macron, ahead of voting in Le Touquet.
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Emmanuel Macron, France's president, and his wife Brigitte Macron, ahead of voting in Le Touquet.BloombergGetty

She was Emmanuel’s teacher in the 1990s

Brigitte Macron was a secondary school professor and until 2015 taught literature at the Lycée Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague in Paris, a leading elite school. But before ending her working life there, Brigitte worked at Collège Lucie-Berger in Strasbourg (1980s) and at Lycée la Providence in Amiens (1990s). It was here that she met Emmanuel Macron, with whom she had an intimate relationship when he was her underage pupil.

For years there was some controversy about her sexuality, as it was said that she was a transsexual woman. In 2021, however, this rumour was disproved. It was Natacha Rey, a French ultra-right-wing internet user and QAnon sympathiser, who perpetrated this theory, which had never been very credible.


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