Even the French have had some trouble accepting the unusual age difference and background between Frances’s new President and his wife.
Many are commenting on the 24 year age difference between Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux, who was at one time his teacher.
Macron won a convincing victory over Marien Le Pen last weekend, but that has not quieted the comments.
We have a new president who is a younger model of the previous one. Except that the previous one lived with a woman who was his daughter’s age and the new one with a woman who is his mother’s age.
— Jacques Domergue
According to CNN, many French are aghast at the level of sexism and misogyny that has arisen as a result of the election.
I often say that if the age relationship were to be inverted, it wouldn’t shock anybody, people would find it great.
She is beautiful, and the fact that she’s 20 years older than I am is terrible, because it is an issue of mockery, of terrible discourtesy. I give in to nothing, but it has taught us a lot, including in politics. We never build ourselves in relation to others’ gaze.
— Emmanuel Macron