The next French President of France is almost certain to be 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux is almost 25 years his senior.
France has always been said to be a country of romance. Perhaps French voters feel that a man who can stay married and scandal-free for 10 years to a woman old enough to be his mother and whose first son is two years older than him, sure knows how to play the kind of politics France wants.
It is even said that Brigitte’s daughter. her second child was Macron’s classmate and sweetheart, while the Lothario teenager had a crush on his teacher – her mom. Classic!
Centrist Macron beat far-right politician Marine Le Pen as they both make it through the first round of voting to the presidential runoff election May 7. Macron won by 23.8% to Le Pen’s 21.5%. Conservative François Fillon was eliminated on 19.91 per cent, with revolutionary Leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon coming fourth on on 19.64 percent, France’s Interior Ministry said.[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
So who is this rising star of French politics?
Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron is married to divorcee Brigitte, 64; a chocolate maker heiress who is some 24 years (not quite 25) older than him – a relationship that has intrigued the French public, according to The Telegraph.
The pair met when he was 15 and she was Brigitte Trogneux, a married mother of three and his French and drama teacher. Braving the disapproval of his parents, who sent him to Paris, the pair wed in 2007 with the extended family present. She has three children from her first marriage and seven grandchildren.
Mrs Macron plays a hands-on role by her husband’s side, offering support and helping him edit speeches.
Born 21 December 1977, Macron the son of two doctors is a French politician, senior civil servant, and former investment banker. He studied Philosophy at Paris Nanterre University, completed a Master’s of Public Affairs at Sciences Po, and graduated from the École nationale d’administration (ENA) in 2004.
He worked as an Inspector of Finances in the Inspectorate General of Finances and then became an investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque.
A member of the Socialist Party from 2006 to 2009, Macron was appointed as deputy secretary-general under François Hollande’s first government in 2012. He was appointed Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in 2014 under the Second Valls Government, where he pushed through business-friendly reforms.
He resigned in August 2016 to launch a bid in the 2017 presidential election. Macron decided to run in the election under the banner of En Marche!, a centrist political movement he founded in April 2016.
Outcome of the first round of the French presidential election on 23 April 2017 was seismic. The country’s two main parties crashed out of the first round for the first time since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]