France’s 64-year-old new First Lady – who Macron fell in love with aged 15 while she was his drama teacher – will work for free in his government to plan new education reforms.
Emmanuel Macron’s ex-teacher wife Brigitte is anticipated to play a key role in the centrist’s new government.
Mirroring a Michelle Obama approach to her first lady role, Brigitte Trogneux, 64, who is more than 24 years older than her husband, is reportedly keen to become involved in issues such as education.
With two decades more life experience than her husband and as the ex-teacher who has shaped his character since the age of 15, the grandmother of eight is expected to play an active role in the new government.
‘Brigitte’s main interest is education reform and she will concentrate on work for autistic and disadvantaged kids, out of the political firing line,’ Candice Nedelec, co-author of a biography of the couple, told The Sunday Times.
When Mr Macron, 39, worked as finance minister under Francois Hollande, Mrs Trogneux was the person who oversaw her husband’s diary and this role continued once he created En Marche!. She is also said to correct his speeches and act as an intermediary.
The unconventional romance started after the pair met when Mr Macron starred in one of Mrs Trogneux’s plays at Jesuit school Lycee La Providence in Amiens, northern France.
They also went on to re-write a play together, which they later admitted was the period when they fell in love. At the time, Mr Macron was just 16.
Speaking to French magazine Paris Match, she said: ‘I could feel I was falling, he was too…’, before adding: ‘At 17, Emmanuel told me: “Whatever you do, I will marry you!” Love took everything in its passage and lead me to divorce. It was impossible to resist him.’