Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron (French pronunciation: [bri.ʒit ma.ʁi klod ma.kʁɔ᷉]; née Trogneux, pronounced [tʁɔ.ɲø], previously Auzière, French pronunciation: [o.zjɛːʁ]; born 13 April 1953) is a French teacher and wife of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra since May 2017. In 2015, to help support her husband in his political career, she ended her career as a teacher of literature at a prestigious private high school, Lycée Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, in Paris.
|Spouse of the President of France|
14 May 2017
|Preceded by||Valérie Trierweiler (de facto)|
|Born||Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux
13 April 1953
|Occupation||High school teacher|
Brigitte Macron was born Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux in Amiens, France. Her parents were Simone (née Pujol; 1910–1998) and Jean Trogneux (1909–1994), the owners of the five-generation Chocolaterie Trogneux, founded in 1872 in Amiens. The company, now known as Jean Trogneux, is run by her nephew, Jean-Alexandre Trogneux. She was the youngest of her parents' six children.
Brigitte Auzière taught literature at the Collège Lucie-Berger in Strasbourg in the 1980s. By the 1990s, she taught 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. He attended her literature classes, and she was in charge of the theatre class that he attended. 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".
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". Emmanuel Macron stated that upon his winning of the French presidency, his wife "will have the role that she always had with me, she will not be hidden".
Following a petition against a proposed change in her status 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 for her activities. 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.
On 22 June 1974, she married the banker André-Louis Auzière, with whom she had three children: Sébastien Auzière (born 1975), an engineer, Dr Laurence Auzière-Jourdan (born in 1977), a cardiologist, and Tiphaine Auzière (born in 1984), a lawyer. They resided in Truchtersheim until 1991, when they moved to Amiens. She divorced Auzière in January 2006 and married Macron in October 2007. Macron is younger than her by 24 years.
|Spouse of the President of France