Who is Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron?

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Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron have been married since 2007.  (Getty Images)
Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron have been married since 2007. (Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron was re-elected as President of France on April 24, beating rival Marine Le Pen for another five years in office.

Macron won 58% of the French election vote and is the first sitting president to be re-elected in 20 years.

He made his victory speech and celebrated with his wife, Brigitte, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

But who is Brigitte Macron and why is their relationship controversial?

Who is Brigitte Macron?

Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron is a former school teacher and wife of the French President, Emmanuel Macron.

The couple, both from Amiens in northern France, have been married since 2007. They live together at Élysée Palace, the official presidential residence.

Brigitte has an MA degree and a teaching qualification in French language and literature. She worked in Paris and Strasbourg, before returning to Amiens in 1991.

She began teaching at Lycée Saint-Louis de Gonzague, a prestigious private school in Paris, in 2007, before retiring in 2015.

Brigitte is chair of the LIVE association, which supports people over 25 who are not in employment or education, and she is also the chair of the Hospitals of Paris-Hospitals of France Foundation.

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How old is Brigitte Macron?

Brigitte Macron was born on April 13, 1953, making her 69 years old. Her husband, Emmanuel Macron, is 44 years old, as he was born on December 21, 1977.

There is a 24 year age gap between Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron.

Did Macron marry his teacher?

Macron met his future wife when he was just 15 years old, as a student at La Providence High School, where Brigitte Trogneux, then 39, worked as a teacher.

Although Macron was not in her class, they met while working on a school play together.

Does Emmanuel Macron have children?

Emmanuel has three step-children through his marriage to Brigitte, though they do not have children together.

Brigitte was once married to André-Louis Auzièr, with whom she shares three children: Sébastien Auzière (born 1975), Laurence Auzière-Jourdan (born 1977), and Tiphaine Auzière (born 1984). Laurence was a classmate of her now-stepfather, Emmanuel.

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