New French President Is 39 years and Wife Is 64 of Age

Posted: 2017-05-08T10:23:19Z Read: 7,872 times
New French President Is 39 years and Wife Is 64 of Age

Brigitte Trogneux (not actually Madame Macron), the wife of new President Emmanuel Macron, used to be his drama teacher. Here's a closer look at France's next first lady. 

So who is Brigitte Trogneux?  

In short, she is the 64-year-old wife of Emmanuel Macron. They've been married since 2007.  She was once his high school teacher and she is 25 years his senior.   

Hang on, they met at high school? 

Yep. She used to be a French teacher at his private high school in Amiens, northern France. She also ran the theatre club where he was a budding actor. The picture above shows Macron's first "kiss" with Trogneux at the end of a theatre production.

It seems like it was love at first sight - it's understood the pair used to have long discussions together - and she would read his writing out to the class.

"She used to recite his work all the time. She was totally captivated by his writing skills," a former classmate told Le Parisien newspaper.

A whole new level of "teacher's pet".

When he moved to Paris at the age of 18, she jumped ship from her own family soon after and followed him down.  

She told Paris Match magazine: "At the age of 17, Emmanuel said to me, 'Whatever you do, I will marry you!'" 

As for the age difference - a French study from September said that it's a trend right now for French women to take younger lovers, so who cares? 

Well, actually, Macron's parents did. They asked the then 40-year-old Trogneux to stay away from their 16-year-old son, at least until he turned 18, according to a new biography about the presidential candidate.  

Is she still teaching? 

No. She put her teaching career on hold to help Macron in his push to become president, and Macron counts her as a trusted adviser, at least according to Paris Match.  

"She spends all her time beside him, she reads and listens to everything that is said about him. He asks her questions and takes her advice," the magazine wrote.  

So what about her life before Macron? 

In her LBM (Life Before Macron), Trogneux was married with three children, who are now all grown up and work as an engineer, a cardiologist, and a lawyer. She even has six grandchildren.  

Her parents were part of a renowned family of chocolatiers in Amiens, which has been in the family for five generations and has turned over as much as €4 million per year. 

It's said that they have some of the best macarons going around.  

The French have been quick to point out that they've had the macarons d'Amiens for generations - and now they have the Macron d'Amiens.