Tiphaine Auzière, the daughter of France’s first lady, Brigitte Macron, has spoken out for the first time about how the romance between her 39-year-old mother and a 15-year-old Emmanuel Macron developed. In a new documentary called Brigitte Macron: A French Novel, Auzière, 34, the youngest of Brigitte’s children from her first marriage, said she was just 9 when her mother began seeing a boy from her elder sister Laurence’s class.
Laurence, Auzière recalled, had previously told her that Emmanuel was a “crazy boy … who knows everything about everything.” By age 16, that “crazy boy” had declared his love for his drama teacher Brigitte — prompting Emmanuel’s parents to ask Brigitte to stop seeing him until after he turned 18. According to the film, Brigitte said only that she couldn’t “promise you anything.”
“They were quite smitten and it was quite obvious between them and very difficult,” said Auzière, noting that her mother’s then-husband, André-Louis Auzière, left the family to live in Lille after hearing about the affair.
“If I have to give a vision of love, its Emmanuel and Mummy,” she added. “When they are together, it’s almost as if the world doesn’t exist.”
Emmanuel was later forcibly separated from Brigitte by his parents, who sent him to Paris to finish his schooling. But they continued a long-distance relationship for 13 years, and the pair married in 2007 after Brigitte finalized her divorce.
Despite having suffered some setbacks in her personal life over the beginning of her relationship with Emmanuel, Brigitte is a very a popular figure in France — and women see her May-December romance with her husband as a refreshing and empowering twist on the dynamics surrounding France’s courtship norms. According to The Daily Mail, a poll from last week gave her a 67 percent approval rating, while her husband, the country’s 40-year-old president, garnered an approval rating of just 44 percent.
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