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    A high-profile YM for the list

    We have had a few posts about noted politicians, etc, in AGR's, but they always seemed to be OM/YW so far.

    Where else but France? Emmanuel Macron, 39 year old leader of the new En Marche party and formerly Economy Minister, is married to 63 year old Brigitte Trogneux, once his teacher at the equivalent of high school. Analysts think he is a good bet for ending up President, perhaps the first YM head of state.

    From the BBC, French presidency: Fired-up liberal Macron in push for top job - BBC News

    "The battle is on for the left-wing voters of France. But whoever wins the run-off on Sunday to be Socialist candidate in this spring's presidential election, many believe it will mark only the start of that fight for votes.
    Emmanuel Macron is not in the running in Sunday's primary and yet his name almost always crops up. Although he served in the Socialist government as economy minister, the 39-year-old now heads his own newly-formed political movement, En Marche (On the move), which he describes as neither left nor right.
    Mr Macron is starting to worry his far more experienced rivals. Polls suggest he could come in third if the election were held today. And there are many in the Socialist party who are flocking to his side. In a few short months, 150,000 members have signed up to his liberal, pro-Europe agenda - twice as many members as the governing Socialist Party has.
    In a field of five key candidates, he is the only one who is "doubly-liberal" - on both economic and social issues. And he is the newest arrival to politics by far....

    .... Emmanuel Macron was once a small town boy from Amiens, two hours' drive north of Paris. It's where he met his future wife; at the local Jesuit school. The only twist in that timeless, romantic story is that she was his teacher, not a fellow pupil.
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    I wouldn't say the 24-year AG was obvious - but our age gaps often are not.

    http://img1.telestar.fr/var/telestar..._width1024.jpg

    http://i.f1g.fr/media/ext/1900x1900/...e-trogneux.jpg


    I did like this image that came up in a quick search: a press photographer managed to capture Mme Trogneau's expression just as a naked protester appeared in front of them.

    http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/...re-id585752466



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    I just found this thread this morning, very interesting, thanks so much for sharing. It's a great example and they are obviously very much in love. :-)

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    Awesome. I was just reading about this today. I wonder if the age gap will have an effect on his political future.
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    He now looks very likely to win the presidential election on the 7th May.

    There were five serious contenders in the first round, each with fairly similar levels of support. This enabled the extremist Le Pen to get in to the second round with about 22%
    The second round is a choice between Macron and Le Pen. The eliminated candidates have called on their supporters to support Macron, and in any case it seems inherently unlikely that in France the leftists, centrists or conventional conservatives would support a far-right and anti-EU candidate. Still, French politics have proved explosive before now....

    France presidential election 2017 - BBC News


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    Very interesting. I've heard a lot about him in the media but so far I haven't heard anyone mention his relationship and the age gap.

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    I was surprised to learn about this as well. It's a great story.
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    I've seen some rumblings as to how they met...apparently he was 15 and she was his teacher. They married 10 years ago, after she left her husband and family for him. Let's hope it's nothing more illicit than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissMuffins View Post
    Let's hope it's nothing more illicit than that.
    Are you referring to age limits? In France the age of consent is 15. However in their case I gather the romance started some years later.

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    Today's the day we find out if we have a YM as the new French leader. Emmanuel Macron is at 65.5% of the vote ahead of Le Pen who is at 34.5%. I want him to win for many reasons, the main one being that I don't want the far right to have any more power in this world. But it will be interesting to see how the media responds to his marriage once the election hype is over. It would be nice if they could just be accepted as a loving couple. I guess we'll find out.

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    Well that didn't take long. It was just announced that Emmanuel Macron has won the election. Now we officially have a YM world leader.

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    A BBC website article about the couple: French election 2017: Meet Brigitte Macron, the new first lady - BBC News

    A few highlights:

    "M Macron himself said on the couple's wedding day: that they were "not quite common, a couple not quite normal - not that I like this adjective very much - but a couple that exists".

    "Emmanuel's parents realised their son was in love but it appears they did not suspect who the target of his affections was. Instead, biographer Anne Fulda has written, they thought he had a crush on Laurence Auzière, a girl in his class at school. It was, in fact, her mum he was falling for. ..... Laurence has since become one of her stepfather's most prominent supporters,..... Another stepchild, Tiphaine, 32, is a lawyer who worked on his campaign."

    "Mrs Macron resigned from her teaching job after her husband became the economy minister, and she became his trusted adviser. She is credited with influencing his views on women in politics. He has promised that half of all the candidates running for En Marche in June's National Assembly elections will be women."


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    There is still very much of a double standard, although less than there used to be. Virtually every article that discusses the Macrons as a couple focuses on their 24 year age difference. But while Donald and Melania Trump also have a 24 year age difference, that is rarely mentioned in articles discussing them as a couple. And that's the case despite the fact that, at least to me, the Trumps' age difference is considerably more obvious than that of Emmanuel Macron and his wife.
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    It's true about the double standard in comparing the way the media treats Emmanuel and Brigitte, constantly referring to their age difference, as opposed to the way the media treats Donald and Melania, seldom mentioning it. But I must say from everything I've read, heard and seen, that the French couple appear to be much happier and much more compatible than the Trumps who seem to provide one cringe worthy photo op after another.

    I'm also curious about Macron's wife's name. In every article I've seen covering the election and the victory, she has been referred to as Brigitte Trogneux, yet in the BBC piece she is referred to as Brigitte Macron. Was the BBC making assumptions or has she changed her name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inamorata View Post
    I'm also curious about Macron's wife's name. In every article I've seen covering the election and the victory, she has been referred to as Brigitte Trogneux, yet in the BBC piece she is referred to as Brigitte Macron.
    It's the custom in France that a married woman uses her husband's surname for everyday and social purposes, but her birth surname remains the one used for formal and official purposes. For a rather odd example, a gendarme [rural police officer] greeting a respectable married woman in the village street would address her as Madame (husband's name), but if arresting her would address her as Madame (birth name).

    Ideology also plays some role there. Left-orientated publications tend to use married women's birth surnames out of feminist principle, and rightist ones the opposite.
    Foreign reporters might follow the example of local sources or follow the customs they are accustomed to. The BBC is usually quite strict on protocol: possibly the lady invited a BBC reporter to call her the less formal 'Mdm Macron'.

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