French first lady’s daugh­ter tells how mum fell for Macron

Irish Independent - - News - Rory Mul­hol­land

BRIGITTE and Em­manuel Macron were a “vi­sion of love”, ac­cord­ing to the French first lady’s daugh­ter, who has de­scribed how she watched her teacher-mother fall for her teenage pupil.

Tiphaine Auz­ière (34) has spo­ken in a tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary for the first time about the love af­fair be­tween her mother and the fu­ture pres­i­dent of France that be­gan in the city of Amiens in the 1990s.

Ms Auz­ière, the youngest of Ms Macron’s chil­dren from her first mar­riage, de­scribed in the pro­gramme how ev­ery­one could see that the mar­ried teacher had fallen in love with her pre­co­cious and am­bi­tious 15-year-old pupil.

Ms Auz­ière was nine years old at the time.

“They were quite smit­ten and it was quite ob­vi­ous be­tween them and very dif­fi­cult,” she said.

‘Brigitte Macron: A French Novel’, which ce­ments her im­age as the pres­i­dent’s men­tor and muse, was broad­cast on Wednesday, a year af­ter she moved to the Elysée when her hus­band was elected pres­i­dent.

Ms Macron (65) de­clined to be in­ter­viewed but the doc­u­men­tary’s di­rec­tor, Vir­ginie Lin­hart, said she had given her bless­ing to the 90-minute film, which pro­vides the first in­sider fam­ily ac­count of what started out as a very con­tro­ver­sial high­school love af­fair.

Ms Auz­ière said in the doc-

umen­tary that the first time she ever heard of Em­manuel Macron was when her older sis­ter Lau­rence came home from her Catholic school and said: “Mummy, there is a crazy boy in our class who knows ev­ery­thing about ev­ery­thing.”

Brigitte Macron was in tur­moil when Em­manuel de­clared his love for her when he was 16 years old, ac­cord­ing to the film, which said his par­ents asked her to stop see­ing their son un­til he turned 18.

“I can’t prom­ise you any- thing,” she is quoted as say­ing in the film.

Her then hus­band, An­dré-Louis Auz­ière, left the fam­ily home and moved to the city of Lille when he dis­cov­ered that his wife was hav­ing an af­fair with his daugh­ter’s class­mate.

Em­manuel was sent to fin­ish school in Paris, but the pair main­tained their re­la­tion­ship for the next 13 years at a dis­tance un­til they mar­ried in 2007.

‘Brigitte Macron: A French Novel’ re­in­forces the im­age of the pres­i­den­tial cou­ple as en­tirely de­voted to each other.

“If I have to give a vi­sion of love, it’s Em­manuel and mum,” said Ms Auz­ière. “When they are to­gether, it is al­most as if the world doesn’t ex­ist.”

A bi­og­ra­phy of Ms Macron pub­lished ear­lier this year claimed that at the time Mr Macron wrote an erotic novel based on their ro­mance, but the novel was never pub­lished and the pres­i­dent has not con­firmed that he au­thored such a book. (© Daily Tele­graph Lon­don)

‘Ev­ery­one could see that the mar­ried teacher had fallen in love with her pre­co­cious and am­bi­tious 15-year-old pupil, said Tiphaine Auz­iére, daugh­ter of Ms Macron

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