Shaming of Brigitte Macron exposed in new biography

Shaming of Brigitte Macron exposed in new biography, by Adam Sage.

In the 1990s, Brigitte Macron was a pillar of provincial French respectability. She came from a well-heeled family, was married to a wealthy banker and taught at a private Catholic school.

When she started dating Emmanuel Macron, who was then a teenage pupil and is now president of France, locals were so shocked that some denounced the relationship in anonymous letters to her parents while others spat on their door, according to a new biography. Both families were scandalised. …

She was 38 and her future husband was 14 and in the same class as her daughter at La Providence Lycee in Amiens when they met. …

Mrs Macron has said that they did not fall in love before he was 15 — the age of consent in France. At the time, she was married to Andre-Louis Auziere, a banker with whom she had three children. …

Mr Macron’s parents, who are both doctors, were also treated “like they had the plague” in Amiens. Mr Macron was taken from the school and sent to Paris to continue his education. Mr Auziere left his wife as soon as he discovered the affair, but they only divorced in 2006. Mr and Mrs Macron married a year later. …

Mrs Macron played a key role during his political rise, somewhere between spin doctor and eminence grise. When he was economy minister between 2014 and 2016, for instance, some members of his staff were jealous of her power and influence, the biography says. “We had to send our notes to her at the same time as we sent them to him,” one is quoted as saying.