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Emmanuel Macron’s spouse confronts sexism, misogyny in France

Most of the unwelcome feedback have centered on the truth that Trogneux — age 64 with seven grandchildren — is 24 years her husband’s senior. She famously went from being Macron’s instructor to his accomplice, and finally his spouse. Now she is France’s subsequent first woman.

On Sunday, French Republican occasion lawmaker Jacques Domergue joked on Fb, “We’ve a brand new president who’s a youthful mannequin of the earlier one. Besides that the earlier one lived with a girl who was his daughter’s age and the brand new one with a girl who’s his mom’s age.”

And on Wednesday, the entrance cowl of satirical journal Charlie Hebdo carried a cartoon exhibiting 39-year-old Macron resting a hand on the pregnant abdomen of his spouse, with the caption: “He’ll work miracles!”

To place issues in perspective, US President Donald Trump is 24 years older than Melania Trump, however few individuals are making a fuss about their age hole.

Trogneux tweeted a picture of the Charlie Hebdo entrance web page herself, saying: “All the things that’s technically doable is just not essentially fascinating or desired.”

One other of her tweets the identical day reads: “I’ve grow to be accustomed to listening solely to those that convey constructive messages. Life with Emmanuel was essentially like this.”

‘Filthy misogny’

In flip, public figures have spoken out to help Trogneux and slam the insults directed towards her.

Valérie Pécresse, Republican chief of the Ile-de-France area, tweeted Thursday: “Republican and female help for #BrigitteMacron, sufferer of a wave of sexist and misogynistic commentaries. Frankly… disgrace!”

Journalist, writer and commentator Vanessa Schneider additionally voiced her outrage, tweeting: “The filthy misogyny of some feedback on #BrigitteMacron sends shivers down my backbone.”

“Sickening misogyny through the marketing campaign, which we hope might be much less harsh through the mandate.. We hope,” tweeted journalist Audrey Pulvar, referring to Macron’s five-year time period.

Brigitte Trogneux (C) and her daughters Tiphaine Auzière (R) and Laurence Auzière-Jourdan (L) attend a campaign meeting on April 17 in Paris.Brigitte Trogneux (C) and her daughters Tiphaine Auzière (R) and Laurence Auzière-Jourdan (L) attend a campaign meeting on April 17 in Paris.

Tiphaine Auzière, Trogneux’s daughter, spoke of her upset over the assaults on her mom in an interview with CNN’s French affiliate BFMTV.

“I believe we can not stay detached to this, and now I don’t need to give any significance to individuals who convey this sort of stuff, as a result of I discover it completely outrageous in France within the 21st century to make such assaults,” she mentioned. “These are assaults that we would not direct at male politicians or at a person who would accompany a feminine politician. So I believe there’s a variety of jealousy, and that that is very inappropriate.”

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Macron: ‘It has taught us loads’

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux are cheered by supporters in Paris on election night.Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux are cheered by supporters in Paris on election night.

A commentary piece revealed Thursday in French nationwide newspaper Le Monde mentioned how the insults — and even debate — prompted by the couple’s age distinction expose the sexist cliches anchored in French society.

Macron himself commented on what he referred to as “strange misogyny” in an interview with “Femme Actuelle” journal in April, saying that his spouse suffered way more because of it.

“I usually say that if the age relationship have been to be inverted, it would not shock anyone, individuals would discover it nice,” he mentioned.

“She is gorgeous, and the truth that she’s 20 years older than I’m is horrible, as a result of it is a matter of mockery, of horrible discourtesy. I give in to nothing, but it surely has taught us loads, together with in politics. We by no means construct ourselves in relation to others’ gaze.”

Macron and Trogneux have been decided to make sure that their relationship, whereas unconventional, is just not painted as some form of scandal, making some extent of constructing it public and posing for shiny French magazines.

‘Love took all the pieces in its path’

Earlier than she met Macron, Trogneux was on the trail to dwelling a comparatively standard life. She had a secure profession educating French literature, Latin and drama, and married a banker, André Louis Auzière, with whom she had three youngsters.

Emmanuel Macron kisses his wife as he arrives for a campaign rally on March 9.Emmanuel Macron kisses his wife as he arrives for a campaign rally on March 9.

It is not clear when a severe romance started between the 2, however Macron gave the impression to be a younger man who knew what he needed — at 17, he professed his love for Trogneux.

“No matter you do, I’ll marry you,” he told her as he left their hometown, Amiens, to check elsewhere.

“Love took all the pieces in its path and led me to divorce. It was unimaginable to withstand him,” Trogneux told Paris Match magazine in 2016.

She divorced Auzière in 2006 and married Macron a 12 months later, transferring to Paris to work as a instructor.

In 2015, she gave up her profession to concentrate on her husband, who was on the time the nation’s financial system minister.