The Story of Brigitte Macron

The First Lady of France is no stranger to a bit of media and controversy. Early in 2018 the first unofficial biography addressing Brigitte Macron’s life found its way onto bookshelves around Paris.

If you don’t already know the story of Brigitte Macron and how she landed up being married to the now ruler of France Emmanuel Macron, then read on.

To summarize, Brigitte Macron is 24 years the President’s senior. The couple receive most of their narrative deriving from the fact that they fell in love back when Brigitte was still a teacher… and Emmanuel Macron was 15 years old.

Brigitte Macron – by Presidencia de la República Mexicana – Wikimedia Commons

Today Brigitte Macron is 65 and happily married to the man she met all those years ago. The story of how they came to be where they are today is a tumultuous one as you can imagine.

In spite of everything, Macron is said to be the most loved First Lady in French history; boasting consistent, positive feedback from everyone she encounters and the people in general.

She retains a sunny disposition, is reported as always kind and well spoken, and maintains a high standard of personal moral at all times. In short, she’s everything society tends to love in a First Lady.

Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron were married in 2007, when he was 29 years old. At this point they would have known one another for over 13 years already.

Early Life of Brigitte Macron

Brigitte Trogneux was born in Amiens, France in 1953. Her family were chocolatiers.

Back in the day in France this was considered the profession of choice from which to derive your birth line. The sons and daughters of the pâtissiers were always the most popular on the playground.

Trogneux worked in the schoolteaching profession for most of her life and was, for the duration, married with children.

When Trogneux was 39 years old she took a teaching position at a small high school in her hometown on Amiens. It was a post teaching after-school drama to any children who were interested.

Brigitte Macron and Emmanuel Macron – by https://www.president.gov.ua/ – Wikimedia Commons

It was here that Trogneux has first contact with the boy would one day be her husband.

All of 15 years old, Emmanuel Macron enrolled in the after school program and Brigitte Trogneux was immediately taken by the student’s intellect and capabilities. His overwhelming intelligence is something she still talks about to this day.

The two grew closer and closer as time went on. When Emmanuels parents discovered what was going on they sent him off to finish school in Paris, in hopes that some distance would help the boy forget about this woman 24 years older than him.

All through the distance and separation, Emmanuel Macron maintained that he would one day marry the then Brigitte Trogneux.

Brigitte Macron and Emmanuel Macron – by Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Wikimedia Commons

The next 13 years were spent nurturing their relationship from a distance until the couple were eventually married in 2007 once Brigitte’s first marriage was long behind her.

Brigitte Macron and The French President

Most people are under the impression that Brigitte Macron’s political interests only sparked when her and the President got together.

The truth is Brigitte Macron has been involved in French politics for quite a while. Her involvement dates back to they time she spent living in Truchtersheim, near Strasbourg.

She was heavily involved in local affairs and events within the area. In 1989 she even threw herself as the forewoman in a lot of infrastructural campaigns targeted at improvement within the neighborhood.

Melania Trump with Brigitte Macron – by The White House – Wikimedia Commons

Prior to this, Macron also worked as the press secretary at the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Chamber of Commerce when she was just 29 years old.

Her latest job as France’s First Lady seems absolutely fitting given the positive political history that Macron holds under her belt. Together, Emmanuel and Brigitte make a powerful duo and their supportive yet discreet relationship translates well into French media who love keeping up with the couple.

Politics seem to run in the family, and Brigitte’s daughter Tiphaine actually worked on Emmanuel’s presidential campaign prior to his election.

Brigitte Macron’s Life in Paris

Brigitte Macron loves Paris. If you’re lucky enough to catch sight of her in the day-to-day you’ll see how seamlessly she navigates the city (Read more about Discover walking tours).

In spite of the array of meeting and initiatives she is required to attend as First Lady, Macron always makes time to enjoy the city wherever possible. One of her favorite excursions happens to be the theater, any free guided walking tour around the city will pin point a variety of these available for viewing pleasures.

Brigitte Macron enjoying a gallery – by The White House – Wikimedia Commons

Macron is also known to roam the new exhibits of the museums in the central arrondissements of the city. She frequents the Pompidou Center’s rotating exhibits over in the 4th arrondissement.

Many of the social events that the First Lady intends to attend are published for the public to take note of. Her popularity since the election has gained her quite a fan club around France.

Addressing the Controversy

In midst of at the controversy around their relationship, Emmanuel and Brigitte remain cool and collected; never succumbing to the negative rumors or remarks pertaining to their age gap.

Emmanuel Macron has been quoted as saying “If I was 20 years older than my wife, no one would have questioned it being a legitimate relationship. It’s only because my wife is 20 years older than me that people say it’s not tenable.”

Truer words have never been spoken, and the couple deserves as much respect as any other of-age married couple would.

Brigitte Macron out and about – by Casa Rosada – Presidencia de la Nación – Wikimedia Commons

Brigitte herself is also not quite when it comes to the harsh reporting and isn’t scared to joke about both herself and the age gap. She recently made a remark that Emmanuel’s presidency will be filled with problems that need facing, and once its all over his only problem left will be her face.

Heres to you, Brigitte Macron!

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