Macron wrote book about our ro­mance: Brigitte

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PARIS: A new bi­og­ra­phy of French irst lady Brigitte Macron says her hus­band penned a racy novel in­spired by their early ro­mance, when he was still a teenager and she his mar­ried drama teacher.

Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, who turned 40 last month, fell for Brigitte dur­ing re­hearsals for a school play at the Prov­i­dence high school in Amiens, and deied his par­ents’ dis­ap­proval to pur­sue the re­la­tion­ship with a woman 24 years his se­nior.

The book, “Brigitte Macron, The Lib­er­ated Woman,” to be pub­lished next week, quotes a fam­ily neigh­bour from Macron’s home town who says she typed up the 300-page man­u­script.

“It was a dar­ing novel, a lit­tle bit smutty. Of course, the names were not the same but I think he needed to ex­press what he was feel­ing at the time,” the un­named neigh­bour is quoted as say­ing in ex­cerpts pub­lished by Closer mag­a­zine.

A spokes­woman for Macron’s ofice de­clined to com­ment.

In the ex­cerpts, the typ­ist said she had not kept a copy of the novel - per­haps spar­ing the blushes of a leader who has promised to clean up French pol­i­tics and says he wants to re­store the dig­nity of the pres­i­dency.

But Macron would not be the only cur­rent French politi­cian to try his hand at adult lit­er­a­ture.

In 2011, the prime min­is­ter, Edouard Philippe, co-au­thored ‘Dans l’om­bre’ (In the shad­ows), a po­lit­i­cal thriller laced with steamy en­coun­ters. The inance min­is­ter, Bruno Le Maire, has writ­ten a novel en­ti­tled ‘Le Min­istre’ (The Min­is­ter), which in­cludes a steamy scene be­tween the min­is­ter and his wife in Venice.

Macron’s lit­er­ary am­bi­tions as a young man are well known and he wrote at least two un­pub­lished works be­fore au­thor­ing a book en­ti­tled “Rev­o­lu­tion” dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign.

He told the weekly mag­a­zine Le Point last year that he had not sought a pub­lisher for the ear­lier works “as I was not happy with them.”

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