Brigitte Macron: Older woman behind the ‘perfect young man’

She's been called a ‘cougar’, but the 64-year-old is poised to become France’s first lady

Emmanuel Macron and  Brigitte Trogneux  celebrate Macron’s victory in the first round of the French presidential election. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Trogneux celebrate Macron’s victory in the first round of the French presidential election. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The woman who is likely to become first lady of France on May 7th is a 64-year-old former French teacher who met her husband when she was 40 and he was 15 years old.

To some, Brigitte Macron, née Trogneux, is a “cougar” – an older woman who preyed on a younger man. Critics believe her personal ambition has driven the former presidential adviser and economy minister Emmanuel Macron, now 39, to within reach of the Élysée Palace. She has been amused and angered by rumours that he is a closet gay man.

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