Emmanuel Macron is 39.
His wife is 63.
No doubt not only his youthful good looks, a la Justin Trudeau, but also his being an older woman’s boy toy, explains why he is a strong contender, alas…
Learn the stirring story of how they ended up together:
Someone who certainly saw him that way was Brigitte Trogneux, his drama teacher. “He wasn’t like the others,” she told a French documentary last year, “he wasn’t a teenager. He had a relationship of equals with other adults.”
One day, she remembers, he came to her with plans to write a play together for her final year drama class. “I didn’t think it would go very far,” she said. “I thought he would get bored. We wrote, and little by little I was totally overcome by the intelligence of this boy.”
At 16, Macron left Amiens to finish his schooling in Paris, vowing to marry his former teacher. “We’d call each other all the time and spend hours on the phone,” she remembered. “Bit by bit, he defeated all my resistance, in an amazing way, with patience.”
Brigitte Trogneux was 24 years older than Macron, and married with three children. But she left her husband, and began a relationship with her former pupil. The couple married in 2007.
She looks kinda like a French Jane Fonda, but not as good.
This is what Marine Le Pen is up against…