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