Who Is France’s New First Lady Brigitte Trogneux?

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She’s not “Madame Macron.”

 

She was never far from Macron’s side on the campaign trail, and she is credited with helping coach her husband to power. Trogneux is now ready to take on an active role in his government.

“If I’m elected — no, sorry, when we are elected — she will be there, with a role and place,” Macron told supporters in April, The Local reported.

“She is not going to be behind or hidden or become a tweet,” he has also said, according to Forbes. “She will be next to me because she has always been next to me.”

She is the youngest of six Trogneux children and her family are famous chocolatiers in the region of Amiens. Les Trogneux is famous for its macaroons.

Trogneux was Macron’s drama teacher. They met at the Jésuites de la Providence lycée, in Amiens, when he was 15

Macron was reportedly packed off to Paris to finish his studies when news broke of his close bond with the married mother of three. Trogneux told Paris Match magazine that, at 17, Emmanuel told her: “Whatever you do, I will marry you.”

Trogneux divorced her banker husband and father of her children, André-Louis Auzière, in 2006, and married Macron the following year.

“Without her, I wouldn’t be me,” Macron said of Trogneux after winning the first round of the election in April.

Like the theater coach she once was to Macron in high school, Trogneux was known to advise him on his stage presence during the campaign.

“Your voice is falling, you need to lift your voice,” she once told him during a speech rehearsal, The Guardian noted.

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