Brigitte Macron, Former Drama Teacher, Prepares for New Role: French First Lady

When they first met, he was 15, she was a married 40-year old teacher coaching him in a school play. Set to enter the Elysee presidential palace as First Lady, Brigitte Macron will keep coaching her husband, but on a bigger stage now.
Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron's wife, now 64, has been constantly by his side during his campaign, managing his agenda, editing his speeches and advising him on his stage presence.
For his victory speech after winning the first round of the election two weeks ago, Macron brought his wife onto the podium and thanked her, to long applause.
"Brigitte, always present, and even more now, without whom I would not be me," an emotional Macron said as hundreds of his supporters shouted her name.
Both complete unknowns when Macron was appointed economy minister in Socialist President Francois Hollande's government in August 2014, Brigitte Macron, born Trogneux, resigned from her teaching job a year later to help her ambitious young husband.
At the economy ministry, she was a discreet presence during meetings with officials in the modernist Bercy building by the Seine in eastern Paris.
"She spends a lot of time here because her view matters to me, because she brings a different atmosphere, that is important. My life is here, you cannot work well if you are not happy," Macron said in his last staff meeting after he resigned from the Hollande government in August 2016.
He would not declare his presidential bid until three months later, on Nov. 16, 2016, but by then he had already started making the relationship with Trogneux - nearly 25 years his senior - an integral part of his public persona.
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