Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has decisively won the French presidential election. France is famous for its laissez-faire attitude toward sex and love, yet the May-December romance between Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron has added a little ooh-la-la to a presidential campaign that is otherwise a deadly serious matter..
Mr Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by about 65% to 35% to become, at 39, the country’s youngest president.
Furthermore, Emmanuel tied the knot with Brigitte Macron, 64, in 2007, his high school drama teacher, who is 24 years his senior. so he clearly falls for mature women.
Emmanuel Macron, the front-runner in Sunday’s French presidential election, shares something with President Trump: a 24-year age gap with his wife. The difference is that Macron’s wife is the older one.
That cliche-busting fact – a candidate young enough to be his wife’s son, rather than old enough to be her father – is a little social “revenge” that delights many French women, including Martine Bergossi.
“Why can’t we marry younger men? I date them all the time,” said Bergossi, the stylish owner of Alternatives, a secondhand-couture shop in Paris, who prefers to leave her exact age to the imagination.
“It’s normal to see men with younger women,” she said. “So it’s rather great to see the opposite.”
Macron, a former investment banker, is 39, and his wife just turned 64.
Macron was only 15 when he met Brigitte Trogneux, a married teacher at his high school in northern France who had three children. Macron’s parents sent him to Paris to put distance between the teacher who ran the drama club and their precocious son, but their bond lasted, she divorced, and 10 years ago they were married.
Most of the French women interviewed said a politician’s private life is not a reason to vote either for or against him or her. In the United States, too, Trump’s two divorces, considerable age gap with his third wife, and even a recorded conversation in which he lewdly discussed groping women did not prevent his victory.
But just days before the French vote, nearly all women interviewed did say they were more interested in Macron, who was a virtual unknown until recently, because his marriage breaks the mold.
French politics has long been dominated by men with younger lovers.