Brigitte Macron says ‘the French didn’t want me’ as she reflects on her life as First Lady


Brigitte Macron has opened up about life as France’s First Lady in a rare interview, admitting she has to do her best to protect her privacy as she “talks easy”.

Mrs. Macron, 68 years old. told the French magazine Madame Figaro that she is aware that the First Lady is not chosen by the public who elected the president, and knew that she would have to work to win their approval.

Referring to her husband, 44, whom she first met when she was his teacher, she said she had structured her life around Emmanuel and his three children, and the couple were strict about maintaining his privacy.

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The first lady said she and the French president, right, are extremely protective of their privacy (pictured in September 2020 in Lithuania)

“I learned not to speak openly to anyone, anywhere and anytime, which took a huge effort from me because I speak easily,” the First Lady said, adding that all she said could be repeated and interpreted.

‘The French didn’t want me [as opposed to her husband, whom they elected]I am fully aware of that,” she added.

Similarly, Brigitte, who previously admitted that her husband’s decision to run for president in 2017 was “difficult”, said that she did not choose the direction her life had taken and that ” fell on him.”

Since then, she has placed charitable projects related to health, culture and education at the heart of her role.

In a rare interview, Brigitte Macron, 68, told French magazine Madame Figaro that she was

In a rare interview, Brigitte Macron, 68, told French magazine Madame Figaro that she was “aware” that the French people did not choose to have her as first lady when her husband, 44, was elected president in 2017 (photo from August 2021)

She added that her days are structured around the president – whom she referred to as Emmanuel in the interview – and his children, but admitted she had no “ordinary life” and had to learn to live with a security detail and not being able to walk her dog, Nemo, whenever she wants.

Describing herself as a “good-natured” person who “lives in the moment”, the former teacher said she and her husband are very strict about protecting their privacy as much as possible.

Brigitte, née Brigitte Trogneux, spoke of her childhood as the youngest child in a large family, explaining that her parents taught her that respect for others was the most important thing she and her siblings could To do.

However, she admitted that since the age of eight she had a keen sense that death could strike at any time – having lost her older sister in a car crash.

She admitted she found it difficult to be a teacher as she could not bear the mental load after the birth of her third child – her daughter Tiphaine Auzière, who is 38 and five years younger than her husband.

Pressed by the reporter, she said she would call herself a feminist, but added that she believed women and men should work together towards parity.

She said she loved men, but wished they would listen to women more, understand their calls and fight with them for equal rights.

Macron, speaking at a charity event on January 12.  The former teacher said she was aware that people had not chosen her as first lady

Macron, speaking at a charity event on January 12. The former teacher said she was aware that people had not chosen her as first lady

Speaking about the younger generation of female activists, she said she understood that young people are unhappy with the world and want to change it, especially when it comes to the environment and gender relations.

This interview comes months after a revealing book lifted the lid on Brigitte Macron’s relationship with her husband.

French journalist Gaël Tchakaloff, 49, a friend of the Macrons since 2016, followed them closely for a year and a half before writing Tant Qu’on Est Tous les Deux, a biography which was published in France last week.

The book, which has not been formally authorized but includes quotes from Brigitte Macron, 68, herself, as well as relatives of the French president, 43, and his wife, portrays the couple as a tight-knit unit that does almost nothing without the other. awareness.

Tchakaloff, who said in the book that she was “fascinated” by Macron’s love affair, revealed that the French president calls his wife every hour and a half.

Meanwhile, unnamed sources close to the couple have opened up to Tchakaloff about Emmanuel and Brigitte’s bond, with one calling the First Lady ‘dedicated to her husband’s success’ and reminiscing about their very ostentatious public displays of affection at the start of their romance, when Macron was in college.

The president’s mother, Françoise Nogues, also spoke exclusively with the author about his close friendship with Brigitte.

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