Tuesday, April 25, 2017
French Candidate Lives Up To French Moral Standards
Ew, Gross: Leading French Candidate, 39, Met Wife, 64 – When She Was His Ninth-Grade Teacher!
But France always rises above such pettiness. A "scandal"? Hardly. As
Anne-Elisabeth Moutet wrote in TheTelegraph, " We would only apply the
term if we were referring to a man who was maintaining three separate
homes, complete with children, to the knowledge of several thousand
people – which, indeed, President François Mitterrand did, Louis XIV-fashion."
When Bill Clinton was found to have had an affair with an intern his
daughter's age – in the Oval Office, no less, and sometimes including a
cigar (don't ask) – the French pooh-poohed the whole affair. What does
it matter, they said. He is a good leader, leave his sex life (and infidelity) out of it.
That's why this latest "scandal" doesn't appear to matter at all to the French.
Emmanuel Macron, who by several projections is set to win the French
presidency in two weeks, was just a 15-year-old student when his 40-year-old
teacher seduced him – and the two are married today.
Yes, Macron, 39, is married to 64-year-old Brigitte Trogneux. The Daily Mail
this week ran a story complete with a picture of Macron, at 15, kissing
his 40-year-old teacher.
Speaking of the moment they first met, the glamorous grandmother of seven who could become France's first lady, said: 'He [Macron] came to audition for a part in the play and I watched him. I just found him incredible. He had such presence.'
She went on: 'Without doubt he wasn't like the others. He was always with the teachers. He simply wasn't an adolescent.'
Footage of the obvious closeness between the middle aged drama teacher and the teenage future presidential favourite comes as a clip emerged of Miss Trogneux appearing to suggest her husband is good in bed.
A reporter asked her last year whether Macron is a good politician, to which she replies: 'There's isn't an area I have found that he's not good at...'
OK, again, gross. Too much info.
The Mail painted the whole sordid affair as a wonderful love story, despite the
destruction of Trogneux's family.
Then Brigitte Auziere, a married mother of three, she was supervising the drama club. Mr Macron, a literature lover who wanted to be a novelist, was a member.
He later moved to Paris for his last year of high school. At that time, he recalled, 'we called each other all the time, we spent hours on the phone, hours and hours on the phone'.
For her part, Miss Trogneux recalled in a television documentary: 'Little by little, he overcame all my resistances in an unbelievable way, with patience.'
She also said: 'He wasn't a teenager. He had a relationship of equals with other adults.'
She eventually moved to the French capital to join him, and divorced her husband. They have been together ever since.
Blech. And yet, Macron is poised to win the presidency. The most recent poll
puts Macron in the lead against Marine le Pen, 61% to 39%, ForexCrunch