Brigitte Macron

Last updated on 12 September 2017

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 the wife and former high school teacher of Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic.[1] In 2015, to help support her husband in his political career, she ended her career as a teacher of literature at the elite lycée Saint-Louis de Gonzague in Paris.[2]

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Brigitte Macron (July 2017) (cropped).JPG

Early life and education

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,[3] founded in 1872 in Amiens.[4] The company, now known as Jean Trogneux,[5] is run by her nephew, Jean-Alexandre Trogneux.[3] She was the youngest of her parents' six children.[6]

Career

Brigitte Auzière taught literature at the Collège Lucie-Berger in Strasbourg in the 1980s.[7] 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.[8] He attended her literature classes and she was in charge of the theater class he attended.[9] Their romance was not typical as she was his senior by 24 years and 8 months, and Macron has described it as "a love often clandestine, often hidden, misunderstood by many before imposing itself".[10]

Politics

Brigitte Auzière ran for the city council of Truchtersheim in 1989, but lost.[7] It would be the only time she would run 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] 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".[12]

Following a petition against a proposed change in her status that gathered more than 275,000 signatures, the French government announced that Brigitte Macron will not be holding the official title of “First Lady”, and will not be allocated an official budget for her activities.[13] 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.[14]

Personal life

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.[15] They resided in Truchtersheim until 1991, when they moved to Amiens.[7] She divorced Auzière in 2006 and married Macron in 2007.[16][17]

In August 2017, the Presidential couple announced their adoption of a pet dog that they named Nemo.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Brigitte Trogneux – La biographie de Brigitte Trogneux avec Gala.fr". Gala.fr (in French). Média Prisma. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Brigitte Macron, l'ex-prof de français qui pourrait entrer à l'Elysée". leparisien.fr. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b Lévy-Frébault, Tiphaine (25 June 2015). "Qui est Brigitte Trogneux, l'épouse d'Emmanuel Macron?". L'Express. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Arras : la chocolaterie Trogneux va déménager sur la place des Héros". La Voix du Nord. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Homepage". Jean Trogneux. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Brigitte TROGNEUX – Fraternelle : l'encyclopédie biographique de l'Homo erectus – Geneanet". gw.geneanet.org. Retrieved 15 April 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?". 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 (2017-08-08). "No ‘first lady’ title for Brigitte Macron after petition over her status". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  14. ^ "Brigitte Macron: A 'first lady' in all but title - France 24". France 24. 2017-08-17. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  15. ^ "Brigitte Macron". Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  16. ^ Gerber, Louis. "Emmanuel Macron the new French minister of the economy". www.cosmopolis.ch. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  17. ^ VIDEO. Les images du mariage d'Emmanuel Macron temps de Brigitte Trogneux diffusées. Le Parisien (22 November 2016).
  18. ^ lefigaro.fr. "Nemo, le nouveau labrador de l'Élysée". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-28.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Julie Gayet
as Partner of the President of France
First Lady of France
2017–present
Incumbent

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