C’est qui?

We cast a spot­light on a fig­ure mak­ing the head­lines this month

France - - Culture -

Name: Brigitte Trogneux. Oc­cu­pa­tion: First Lady of France. Tell me more: Brigitte Trogneux is the 64-year-old wife of the newly elected French Pres­i­dent, Em­manuel Macron. Born in 1953 in Amiens to a wealthy fam­ily of choco­latiers, Trogneux trained as a French and drama teacher, and in 1974 mar­ried banker An­dré-louis Auz­ière, with whom she had a son and two daugh­ters.

Trogneux first met Macron in 1992 at a school in Amiens, where he was a 15-year-old pupil and she was a 39-year-old teacher. Less than two years later he de­clared his love and vowed to marry her. How­ever, when Macron’s par­ents dis­cov­ered the truth, they sent him to Paris to fin­ish his sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

Macron’s mother is re­ported to have asked Trogneux to stay away from her son, un­til he turned 18, say­ing: “You’ve had your life. But he won’t have chil­dren with you.” Trogneux replied with “I can­not prom­ise any­thing,” and fol­lowed him to Paris.

In 2006, Trogneux di­vorced her hus­band. Macron was true to his word and the cou­ple were mar­ried the fol­low­ing year. The drama teacher gave up her job in 2015 to fo­cus on her hus­band’s po­lit­i­cal cam­paign. She is said to have helped him man­age his agenda, edit his speeches and coach him on his stage pres­ence.

On the fu­ture for the new First Lady of France, Macron makes his views clear: “She will be at my side, as she has al­ways been, but she will also have a pub­lic role.”

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