Brigitte Macron vue par les « anglo-saxons »

Voici quelques extraits u du Daily Mail (Britannique) et le New York Times (Etats-Unis).

I have wrinkles, he has freshness. That’s how it is’: 64-year-old wife of France’s Emmanuel Macron speaks about the ‘problem’ of having a husband 25 years younger

  • Brigitte Macron opens up about 25-year difference between her and Emmanuel
  • She said she is reminded of his ‘freshness’ every morning while she has ‘wrinkles’
  • The couple met when Brigitte taught the teenage Emmanuel drama at school
  • She also discussed being forced to abandon plans to create new ‘First Lady’ role

By Peter Allen In Paris for MailOnline

PUBLISHED: 14:56 BST, 17 August 2017

The wife of French President Emmanuel Macron today spoke for the first time about being married to a man 25 years her junior, saying: ‘The only problem is that he’s younger than me’.

..  ‘Of course, we have breakfast, me with my wrinkles, him with freshness, but that’s how it is,’ said Mrs Macron.

She also spoke out after public pressure forced the Macrons to abandon their plans to give Mrs Macron the official title of First Lady – claiming she was not too bothered.

‘I don’t feel like a First Lady,’ said Mrs Macron.

France’s First Lady, a Confidante and Coach, May Break the Mold


PARIS — If France’s president-elect has broken every rule in the political playbook, consider Brigitte Macron, the country’s next first lady.

She met her future husband, Emmanuel, when he was 15 and she was his 39-year-old drama teacher, married with three children. She and his parents at first tried to discourage him from pursuing her, and she has said they did not have a “carnal” relationship when he was in high school, but he eventually won her over.

By all accounts, she was present at every stage of his political evolution, coaching him on his speeches and public demeanor, and she is the one he turns to for an unsparing critique. He treats her as an equal partner and says she will define her future role.

In the days after the election, social media posts went viral criticizing the way the couple have sometimes been portrayed in the press: she as a predatory “cougar” and he as a “boy toy”; Ms. Macron, 64, has been called everything from a grandmother making his tea to a “cagole,” a French term for a bimbo. If the ages were reversed, her defenders pointed out, no one would have blinked an eye.

Leah Pisar, an expert in Franco-American relations who worked in the Clinton White House, said Ms. Macron served as his gatekeeper: “You want to get to him, you go through her.”

In this, Ms. Macron also appears maternal, protecting her husband as many French wives are expected to do. She is seen chiding him not to eat junk food on the trail in a documentary that followed his campaign for several months.

She and one of her daughters pushed him to help advance women in politics; he has pledged that half the candidates his party will field in the coming legislative elections will be women and that he will appoint many to his cabinet.

…in a television interview after he made it to the presidential runoff, her husband made it clear that she was not vanishing: “She will have a say in what she wants to be. She will have a presence, a voice, a look. She will have it privately by my side as she always has, but she will have a public role because that’s how it goes.”

Brigitte Macron, Liberator

Roger Cohen MAY 12, 2017

Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, in Paris after his victory on May 7.

There have been magazine pieces about the couple, including an interview with Brigitte in Paris Match. As Le Monde put it, “It is together that this atypical couple scaled the steps of power. Never has the wife of a candidate been as present in a presidential campaign.” But prurience and sexism have been in short supply.

What’s new in a French political context is that Macron and his wife cooperate so intensely. She is a principal adviser. She gave up a job as a French teacher to work with Macron when he became economy minister in 2014, and has remained at his side. For many, she has helped humanize the technocrat-banker with a tendency (now contained) for highfalutin jargon. Born into a provincial family of chocolatiers, she has good antennae for ‘‘la France profonde” (deep France.) Not since the song was released a half-century ago has a more emphatic affirmative answer been given to the Beatles’ question: “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?”

Vanessa Friedman


Especially because she is being cheered as an icon of “French style” as a result. Though equally interesting is the icon of French style she has enlisted in her cause. Traditionally, first ladies and female leaders from Mrs. Kennedy to Queen Elizabeth II and Angela Merkel have worked with a single designer on creating their image, a pattern broken in recent years by Mrs. Obama, and her peers Samantha Cameron and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. While Ms. Macron seems to be engaged in a return to form, her choice of collaborator is an interesting one.