Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Trogneux: Love conquers all

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How the President-elect of France and his wife met, fell in love

 

FRANCE – The relationship of French President-elect Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, is a May-December affair that defied the odds.

Macron, 39 and Trogneux, 64, overcame the opposition of their respective families and derision of society but it was love that prevailed. Their relationship has not only captivated the French people but caught the attention of the world as well.

Macron met Trogneux at the age of 15 when he was still in high school. She was his drama teacher. At that time, she was married to Andre Louis Auziere, a banker, with whom she had three children – Sebastien, Laurence and Tiphaine.




Both of them lived in the town of Amiens in northern France.

At the age of 17, Macron professed his love for Trogneux and vowed to marry her when the time is right. He left Amiens to pursue his studies elsewhere.

A Reuters report, citing the book “Emmanuel Macron: A perfect young man” written by Anne Fulda said Macron’s parents disapproved of their son’s romance with Trogneux. Macron’s father even told Trogneux to back off until Emmanuel was at least 18, Reuters also reported.

Trogneux divorced Auziere in 2006 and married Marcon the following year. Trogneux said in a Paris Match magazine interview last year: “Love took everything in its path and led me to divorce. It was impossible to resist him.”

Before Macron proposed to Trogneux, he asked for the approval of her children. Tiphaine Auziere recalled in a BFMTV interview that “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.”

After their wedding, Macron and Trogneux moved to Paris were Brigitte found work as a teacher.

Trogneux had served as Macron’s coach, especially when he joined the French government as economic minister in 2015. She gave up her teaching career to guide her husband.

Now that he is president, Macron will give Trogneux an official role in his administration – which will be a departure from tradition. A French first lady usually plays a minor role in public affairs.

Trogneux’s three children have a good relationship with Macron and even campaigned for him. In one of the campaign rallies, they were seen wearing t-shirts bearing En Marche!, the name of Macron’s political party.

In defense of the peculiar situation of their family, Macron said in a recent En Marche! event: “We do not have a classic family, it’s undeniable. But do we have less love in this family? I do not think so. Maybe there’s even more than conventional families.

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