It no news that France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, is married to his previous secondary teacher, Brigitte Trogneux who is 24 years his senior.
The unusual love story has captivated the internet and emerged as a major story line during Macron’s rapid rise towards the Elysee Palace.
News Of Africa takes you through the journey of the unusual love story from being Macron’s teacher to his wife.
The 64-year-old Brigitte Trogneux, first met Emmanuel, 39, when he was 15 and as that time she was a 40-year-old married literature teacher and mother of three, the daughter of a bourgeois family of chocolatiers, and ran the theater club at his Jesuit school in Amiens.
As the couple tell it, he pursued her doggedly, and in the 11th grade convinced her to help him write a play.
After breaking the shocking news of their bond to his parents, they removed their teen son from the school in Amiens, in northern France, and sent him to finish his education in Paris.
It was soon after this that Macron went to Paris to seek his fortune, promising his teacher “I will come back and marry you”.
In 2007, when he was 29 and she was divorced, Macron’s parents accepted the pair as they were, and they got married at the town hall of a northern beach resort, where she inherited a villa that became their second home.
They have now been together for 10 years and the love they have always shared is still very apparent.