Brigitte Macron

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Brigitte Macron
Brigitte Macron (July 2017) (cropped).JPG
Brigitte Macron in July 2017
Spouse of the President of France
Assumed office
14 May 2017
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Preceded byValérie Trierweiler
Personal details
Born
Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux

(1953-04-13) 13 April 1953 (age 67)
Amiens, France
Spouse(s)
André-Louis Auzière
(m. 1974; div. 2006)

(m. 2007)
Children3
ResidenceÉlysée Palace, Paris
OccupationTeacher (formerly)

Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron (French: [bʁiʒit maʁi klod makʁɔ᷉]; née Trogneux [tʁɔɲø], previously Auzière [ozjɛːʁ]; born 13 April 1953) is a French schoolteacher who is the wife and former teacher of Emmanuel Macron, current President of France.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Brigitte Macron was born Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux in Amiens, France. She was the youngest of six children[3] of Simone (née Pujol; 1910–1998) and Jean Trogneux (1909–1994), the owners of the five-generation Chocolaterie Trogneux,[4] founded in 1872 in Amiens.[5] The company, now known as Jean Trogneux,[6] is run by her nephew, Jean-Alexandre Trogneux.[4]

Career[edit]

Brigitte Auzière taught literature at the Collège Lucie-Berger in Strasbourg in the 1980s.[7] By the 1990s, she was teaching French and Latin at Lycée la Providence, a Jesuit high school in Amiens.

It was at that high school that she and Emmanuel Macron first met.[8] He attended her literature classes, and she was in charge of the theatre class that he attended.[9] Their romance was not typical, as she was his senior by almost a quarter of a century, and Macron has described it as "a love often clandestine, often hidden, misunderstood by many before imposing itself".[10]

Politics[edit]

French President Emmanuel Macron kisses the hand of his wife Brigitte during a state welcome at the White House

In 1989, Brigitte Macron (then Auzière) unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the city council of Truchtersheim.[7] It was the only time she ran for office.[7]

In 2017, Brigitte Macron played an active role in her husband's presidential campaign; a top adviser was quoted as saying that "her presence is essential for him".[11] During his campaign, Emmanuel Macron stated that upon his winning of the French presidency, his wife would "have the role that she always had with [him], she will not be hidden".[12]

He proposed creating an official “first lady” title (as the spouse of the French president currently holds no official title) coming with their own staff, office and a personally allocated budget for their activities.[13] Following Macron's election as president, and a petition against his proposal that gathered more than 275,000 signatures, the French government announced that Brigitte Macron would not hold the official title of “first lady” and would not be allocated an official budget.[14] In an interview with French magazine Elle, she stated that a soon-to-be published transparency charter would clarify her “role and accompanying resources”, including the composition and size of her staff.[15]

Personal life[edit]

On 22 June 1974, she married banker André-Louis Auzière, with whom she had three children, Sébastien Auzière, an engineer, Dr. Laurence Auzière-Jourdan, a cardiologist, and Tiphaine Auzière, a lawyer. They resided in Truchtersheim until 1991, when they moved to Amiens.[7] She, at the age of 40, met the 15-year-old Emmanuel Macron in La Providence High School in the year 1993,[16] where she was a teacher and he was a student and a classmate of her daughter Laurence.[17] She divorced Auzière in January 2006 and married Macron in October 2007.[18][19]

Macron caught the coronavirus over Christmas 2020, her office said on Saturday 9 January 2021, confirming press reports. She tested positive on 24 December 2020 but presented only light symptoms and was negative six days later. During that period, she stayed at the official presidential residence, the Elysees palace, while the president worked at another residence outside Paris. Her office said the information regarding her condition was not made public at the time as it had no impact on her public agenda. She had since made a full recovery, they added. [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "French President arrives in Japan for G20 summit". NHK World. 26 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Brigitte Trogneux – La biographie de Brigitte Trogneux avec Gala.fr". Gala.fr (in French). Média Prisma. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Brigitte TROGNEUX – Fraternelle : l'encyclopédie biographique de l'Homo erectus – Geneanet". Geneanet. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b Lévy-Frébault, Tiphaine (25 June 2015). "Qui est Brigitte Trogneux, l'épouse d'Emmanuel Macron?". L'Express. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Arras : la chocolaterie Trogneux va déménager sur la place des Héros". La Voix du Nord. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Homepage". Jean Trogneux. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d Hartzer, Renaud (8 May 2017). "Brigitte Macron a fait ses premiers pas en politique... en Alsace". France 3 Grand Est. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  8. ^ Druckerman, Pamela (2 February 2017). "Sex and the French Elections". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  9. ^ "France's Macron defied parental veto on schoolboy love affair with teacher". Reuters. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  10. ^ Persio, Sofia Lotto (6 February 2017). "Emmanuel Macron: From teacher's pet to teacher's husband to President of France. She is also a notable racist". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  11. ^ "The Singular Woman Behind France's Front-Runner". Bloomberg.com. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  12. ^ Pithers, Ellie. "How Brigitte Macron Is Redefining First Lady Dressing". British Vogue. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  13. ^ Willsher, Kim (6 August 2017). "Emmanuel Macron under fire for plan to give wife 'first lady' role". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  14. ^ Willsher, Kim (8 August 2017). "No 'first lady' title for Brigitte Macron after petition over her status". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Brigitte Macron: A 'first lady' in all but title - France 24". France 24. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  16. ^ "'I will come back and I will marry you': How Emmanuel Macron met his teacher and wife Brigitte Trogneux". DNA India. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  17. ^ Fulda, Anne (17 July 2018). "The Macron affair: How the French election winner's parents discovered he was dating his teacher". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  18. ^ Gerber, Louis. "Emmanuel Macron the new French minister of the economy". www.cosmopolis.ch. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  19. ^ VIDEO. Les images du mariage d'Emmanuel Macron temps de Brigitte Trogneux diffusées. Le Parisien (22 November 2016).
  20. ^ Syndicated feed (9 January 2021). "French President's Wife Caught Coronavirus Over Christmas". NDTV. Retrieved 9 January 2021.

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Spouse of the President of France
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