Paris, Europe Brief News – Brigitte Macron may be the wife of France’s next president. But even she is waiting to learn if he will run for re-election in Apri, she announced.
“I’ve heard he wants to. But like you, I’m waiting for his decision,” Brigitte Macron told TV channel TF1.
France’s president since 2017, Emmanuel Macron is doing little to disguise his desire to stand again. But like many incumbents before him, he is holding back on formally launching his challenge to shorten the campaign.
Macron, who was France’s youngest leader since Napoleon when he was elected, is the frontrunner to win the two-round election in polls. However, conservative challenger Valerie Pecresse poses a danger to the 44-year-old if she can beat the far-right into the run-off vote.
The first couple’s relationship has captured the public’s imagination in France and abroad. Their romance blossomed at a Jesuit college in the provinces where he was a teenage schoolboy and she was a drama teacher 24 years his senior. They married in 2007 after Brigitte divorced her then-husband
The French first lady has earlier decided to take legal action over an internet conspiracy theory that she is a transgender woman and was born male.
Social media users have targeted Brigitte with the false claims in September, who circulated the conspiracy theorists.
The rumours claim she was born male under the name Jean-Michel Trogneux.
The name has trended on social media with tens of thousands of mentions.