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Who Is French President Emmanuel Macron's Wife? All About Brigitte Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron married his former high school teacher, Brigitte Macron, in 2007

<p>Chesnot/Getty</p> Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron attend a dinner with Heads of State at the Orsay museum on November 10, 2018 in Paris, France.

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Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron attend a dinner with Heads of State at the Orsay museum on November 10, 2018 in Paris, France.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have been married for over 15 years, but their relationship dates back even further.

Emmanuel, who became president in 2017, and Brigitte first met when the now-president was in high school. In a November 2023 interview with Paris Match — translated by The Independent — Brigitte shared how she never thought of entertaining a relationship with her student, who was 15 at the time.

“For me, such a young boy was crippling,” she said.

The two did not date right away, but kept in touch while Emmanuel was in college and later reunited. Now, their marriage continues to get stronger, Emmanuel told CNN in September 2017.

“Love is part of my life and my balance,” he said. “I do believe that you don’t build something great and you don’t behave properly if you’re not balanced and a strong couple. I’ve been with my wife for decades now and she’s part of me.”

So who is Emmanuel Macron’s wife? Here’s everything to know about Brigitte Macron and her relationship with the French president.

She was his teacher in high school

<p>Chesnot/Getty</p> Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron stand side-by-side prior to a state dinner with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and his his daughter Laura Mattarella at the Elysee Presidential Palace on July 05, 2021.

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Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron stand side-by-side prior to a state dinner with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and his his daughter Laura Mattarella at the Elysee Presidential Palace on July 05, 2021.

Brigitte and Emmanuel met when he was a student at Le Providence, a Catholic school in northern France. Brigitte worked as a drama teacher and was 39 years old at the time, while Emmanuel was 15. The president’s parents originally thought he was seeing Brigitte’s daughter, but when they found out he had feelings for the teacher, they sent him to boarding school.

"Emmanuel had to leave for Paris," she told Paris Match. "I told myself that he would fall in love with someone his [own] age. It didn’t happen."

The two kept in touch over the years, but Brigitte was married at the time and had three children who were around Emmanuel’s age, and she chose to prioritize them.

"That lasted 10 years, the time to put them on the rails. You can imagine what they were hearing," she said. "But I didn’t want to miss out on my life."

She is 25 years his senior

Brigitte, who is 25 years older than Emmanuel, was already married for three years before he was born in December 1977.

She admitted in an interview with France's RTL radio station that having an age gap in their relationship has been difficult.

"We are not a model couple," Brigitte said. "Of course we are not the ideal couple. Being a couple is complicated, it's an everyday struggle (...) When you have a big age difference, it can be even more complicated."

She added, however, that she doesn't feel the word "cougar" applies to her, and is offensive.

"What is this word, it doesn't describe anything!" she said. "I have always been attracted to men of my age. Except Emmanuel Macron, who was the exception."

She is a mother to three children

<p>LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty</p> Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron smile during their visit of the Airbus plant in Hamburg, northern Germany, on October 9, 2023.

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Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron smile during their visit of the Airbus plant in Hamburg, northern Germany, on October 9, 2023.

Brigitte and her first husband André-Louis Auzière, a banker, had three children together: Sébastien, Laurence and Tiphaine. She also has seven grandchildren.

All of Brigitte’s children went on to be successful in their own careers, becoming a cardiologist, lawyer and a statistical engineer. When Brigitte started her relationship with Emmanuel, she knew that it would hurt her children, but after putting it off for a decade, she also realized she had to do what would make her happy.

“I know that I have hurt my children, and that is the thing I reproach myself for the most. But I couldn’t not do it,” she told Elle in December 2017. “There are times in your life when you make critical choices. And for me, this was one of those times.”

They got married in 2007

<p>Chesnot/Getty</p> Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macon prior to the inauguration of the exhibition "Paris-Athens. Birth of Modern Greece "at the Louvre Museum on September 27, 2021.

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Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macon prior to the inauguration of the exhibition "Paris-Athens. Birth of Modern Greece "at the Louvre Museum on September 27, 2021.

Emmanuel and Brigitte tied the knot in 2007, a year afer she divorced her ex-husband, who later died in 2019. Before the reception, Brigitte told Paris Match that Emmanuel thanked her children for supporting their relationship.

“Thanks for accepting us, a not-quite-normal couple,” he said.

Emmanuel has called her his “anchor”

<p>Jack Hill - WPA Pool / Getty</p> Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron attend a drinks reception for Queen Elizabeth II and G7 leaders at The Eden Project during the G7 Summit on June 11, 2021.

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Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron attend a drinks reception for Queen Elizabeth II and G7 leaders at The Eden Project during the G7 Summit on June 11, 2021.

The politician has cited his wife as his “anchor,” helping to keep him honest and focused in his job, without sparing him the truth.

“For me, it’s very important for my personal balance to have somebody at home telling you the truth every day,” he told CNN.

He continued, “Access to truth is one of the main challenges. Somebody with her deep convictions and knowing you for what you are and loving you for what you are — not for what you represent or your role or your honors … That is very important to me. That is my anchor.”

They have met with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden

Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg/Getty US First Lady Jill Biden, from right, US President Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, France's president, and wife Brigitte Macron at the White House ahead of a state dinner in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.
Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg/Getty US First Lady Jill Biden, from right, US President Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, France's president, and wife Brigitte Macron at the White House ahead of a state dinner in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.

As two world leaders, Emmanuel and President Joe Biden have met on numerous occasions. While Joe was meeting with Emmanuel at the French embassy in Rome in October 2021, First Lady Jill Biden went out to dinner with Brigitte where the two enjoyed glasses of white wine.

Jill described their meeting after as "two friends together, just like sisters,” adding that the dinner was “wonderful.”

In December 2022, the White House hosted the first State dinner of the Biden administration where Brigitte and Emmanuel were special guests.

They don’t like to spend a night apart

<p>Aurelien Meunier/Getty</p> Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron in front of the Eiffel Tower after after giving a speech after beating his far-right rival Marine Le Pen for a second five-year term as president on April 24, 2022.

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Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron in front of the Eiffel Tower after after giving a speech after beating his far-right rival Marine Le Pen for a second five-year term as president on April 24, 2022.

Brigitte confirmed to Elle that she and her husband try to avoid spending nights apart if possible, even with his busy schedule.

“It comforts me when Emmanuel is by my side,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to speak for him, but I’m pretty sure he feels the same way. We’re just like any other couple. We agree, we disagree. We argue, we stop arguing. It’s very fluid.”

Brigitte added that while she used to be a “big worrier” before she married Emmanuel, since they got together they both have ceased worrying as much.

“A bit like the Platonic idea that you meet your better half and you fit together,” she said. “Given our age difference, that fit wasn’t so obvious for us, but we fit. When I read about us as a couple, I always feel like I’m reading someone else’s story. Yet it’s a simple story.”

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