“Five more years? “, she said the day after the re-election of Emmanuel Macron, on April 24, by 58.54% of the vote. I’m going to do what I did: reply to French people who write to me (150 letters a day), take care of the Fondation des Hôpitaux de Paris. And get involved in the fight against the bullying of young people. Already the worry and almost the sadness of this strange evening seemed to have passed, when the re-elected president, holding her hand firmly, they had both walked, escorted by about twenty distracted children, to the foot of the Eiffel Tower. , to celebrate the victory over Marine Le Pen.
“We said thank you”
After confiding, moved, “We said thank you. We will always be there for each other, ”the first lady put on her armor. Jacket with square shoulders, double-breasted, mini-skirt, stiletto heels. A “look” chosen from 2017, with a communication advisor, as well as the presidential suit, invariably navy blue with white shirt and navy tie. Way, for the couple at the top of the State, to impose, through millions of photos and films, its image. A way, too, to protect yourself.
Because, since the first day, the personal attacks have not ceased. Brigitte Macron expected it. She knows her History of France and knew that since Marie-Antoinette, an envious people first attacks the Queen. She read countless books on the wives of presidents and learned how Anne-Aymone Giscard d’Estaing but also Danielle Mitterrand had been caricatured. Bernadette Chirac, to whom she succeeded as President of her Foundation, told her: “I was organizing a lunch for young farmers and I wasn’t invited! At the Élysée, I was nobody! »
“The charm asset”
Admittedly, her case is different: the president, her husband, wants her by his side. But she does not forget the past. She was 54 years old, and Emmanuel Macron, 30, when they married on October 20, 2007, in Le Touquet. This caused a scandal in Amiens, where the brilliant teenager, who prefers the company of adults to that of his comrades, met the French teacher, married and mother of three children, passionate, like him, for theater. Based in Paris, the couple will arouse admiration and envy. The speed of his conquest of the Élysée will astound commentators. But, once they reach the Palace, the shooting will resume. The president wanted to give his wife the status of “first lady”, in the American style? He will have to give it up.
If glamorous magazines, such as Gala, praise “the charm of Brigitte Macron, who offers a lesson in elegance as well as eloquence”, the Canard Enchaîné and part of the left and right press take it to her outfits, her expenses (a budget of €292,454 last year to pay for her team and her hairstyles and make-up), but also her initiative to renovate, for one million euros, the function room of the Palais , “whose worn tapestries smelled of tobacco”. Or even to build, at Fort Brégançon, where the Macron settled this Friday for a brief vacation, an above-ground swimming pool, as millions of French people have. We even personally target “the first lady”, during a weekend of skiing for her husband, when she asserts boldly: “I was the one who offered him this getaway”. It was in March 2019, in the midst of the yellow vests crisis. In the preceding months, the insults had multiplied. “I remember a day in December 2018, marked by the attack on the Arc de Triomphe. In the Paris metro, drunken men yelled “Macron to the post… Brigitte, on all fours!” »
The transgender episode
The ignominy would go up a notch again during the recent presidential campaign, with a video insinuating that the president’s wife was “transgender”. This time, Brigitte Macron had to sue the perpetrators. In such moments, how not to doubt? Maybe she shouldn’t have visited hospitals in stilettos, for example? Hospital doctors could not help noticing that Bernadette Chirac, she came in flat heels, quietly. So, change your style, why not? When she sees him boldly plunging into the crowds or welcoming the terrible “MBS” (Mohammed Ben Salman) of Saudi Arabia on the steps of the Élysée, Brigitte Macron trembles at the idea that someone could attempt the life of her husband. But nothing else scares him.
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