French President-elect Emmanuel Macron has spoken in glowing terms about his wife of nearly 10 years, Brigitte Trogneux. “Without her, I wouldn’t be me,” the 39-year-old former banker has said. But make no mistake, they have an unusual relationship. Trogneux is 24 years older than Macron—the same age difference as Donald and Melania Trump—and she taught him in high school, where the future president of France fell deeply in love with her.
The relationship scandalized the town where they both lived, according to The Telegraph, but a recent CNN reportshowed that French voters think it’s hardly a scandal. In fact, some French people seem delighted over a young man marrying an older woman.
“We do not have a classic family, it’s undeniable,” Macron said during the campaign. “But do we have less love in this family? I do not think so. Maybe there’s even more than conventional families.”
Here’s what you need to know about Trogneux and her relationship with Macron.
By Marie Claire