Brigitte Macron

Brigitte Macron to sue over claims she was born a man

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A lawyer acting for Brigitte Macron, wife of the French president, has confirmed she is taking legal action over claims circulating on social media, and reportedly prompted by a far-right outlet, that she was a male at birth called Jean-Michel Trogneux.

Brigitte Macron's embarrassing chat with paparazzi boss under investigation for 'criminal conspiracy'

France — Investigation

In a tapped phone conversation in July, Brigitte Macron, wife of France’s president, told paparazzi agency boss Michèle Marchand, an influential PR fixer to politicians who is formally placed under investigation for witness tampering and criminal conspiracy in a case related to a probe into suspected Libyan funding of former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s election campaign, that she was to contact her security officer for help “if you get bother”. After she encouraged Marchand to “stay firm” following the latter's release from jail, Brigitte Macron also deplored the “terrible” judicial treatment of Sarkozy. Fabrice Arfi, Karl Laske and Antton Rouget report.

Michèle Marchand: a woman at the heart of power in France

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The “queen of the paparazzi” Michèle 'Mimi' Marchand, who is currently in the news in relation to aspects of the probe into Libyan funding of Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign, is reported to be close to Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron. She was a regular visitor to the Élysée at the start of President Macron's term of office in 2017, though became a more discreet presence after July 2018 and the emergence of the Benalla affair, when the president's personal security advisor Alexandre Benalla was videoed beating up protestors. Yet the influential position that the presidential couple granted her at the centre of power in France continues to raise questions, reports Ellen Salvi.

Macron security aide affair: the secret recordings that change everything

France — Investigation

An investigation by Mediapart sheds dramatic new light on the affair involving Alexandre Benalla, who was a security aide to President Emmanuel Macron until he was sacked when video footage emerged showing that he had used violence against protestors at a demonstration. In particular recordings of Benalla talking to the former head of security for the ruling LREM party, Vincent Crase, who also lost his job over the scandal, reveal details about a secret meeting that breached a judicial control order, about a security contract with a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, and Benalla's ongoing communications with President Macron. Fabrice Arfi, Antton Rouget and Marine Turchi report.

When Brigitte Macron goes in search of the vox populi

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The Élysée Palace says she conducts walkabout meetings with her aides to stay in touch with public opinion, which she reportedly relays to her husband who is widely accused of being out of touch with the aspirations of ordinary people.

Macron in hot water over price of new crockery

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At a time of national belt-tightening due to his far-reaching programme of economic reforms, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have caused controversy over their decision to order new crockery for the Elysée Palace that one media report estimated has cost 500,000 euros.

Brigitte Macron speaks about life as France's 'first lady'

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She told French media she felt she was Emmanuel Macron's wife not 'a first lady' and said she disliked the fact that there was no 'time off'.

Scammers try to steal Brigitte Macron's identity to access VIP events

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Fraudsters tried to wangle invitations to luxury hotels and tickets to Australian Grand Prix by using identity of French president's wife.

Brigitte Macron sparks row for refusing to stand behind husband

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French 'First Lady' announces break from tradition by standing alongside husband President Emmanuel Macron on state visits.

Brigitte Macron urges French to 'have faith' in her beleaguered husband

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The new president's approval ratings have collapsed to 40 per cent ahead of a crunch week for the new administration.

Brigitte Macron gets official role but no salary

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Proposal made by Emmanual Macron during presidential camapign to create a new First Lady status has been shelved following an outcry.

Brigitte Macron interviewed on 'First Lady' controversy

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In her first interview since her husband Emmanuel was elected as France's president in May, Brigitte Macron tells Elle magazine that her contested role as an official 'first lady', promised by her spouse, 'will be published on the Élysée site so the French know exactly what I’m doing'.

Macron takes on the press with move to sue paparazzi

France — Analysis

French president Emmanuel Macron has lodged a legal complaint for “harassment” and “violation of personal privacy” against a photographer he alleges entered the private property in Marseille where the president and his wife Brigitte were holidaying. The photographer, Thibaut Daliphard, denies trespassing but was arrested and questioned for six hours in custody, when his computer and images were studied by police. Thomas Cantaloube and Michaël Hajdenberg report on the events which highlight Macron’s very firm control of his public image and the journalists who follow him, and also the highly questionable legal move of a president who is by virtue of the French constitution immune to prosecution.

Brigitte Macron and the 'First Lady' debate

France — Analysis

The French government on Tuesday appeared to be backtracking on President Emmanuel Macron’s pledge to provide his wife Brigitte with an official, legal status of “First Lady”, with the announcement that the position will now be the subject of a “charter”. The development came after an online petition launched last month against creating an official title of First Lady has attracted almost 300,000 signatures. Mediapart political commentator Hubert Huertas argues here that, whether the role of “première dame” is enshrined in a charter or by official status, the petition has focussed attention on both a fundamental problem and a pile of hypocracy.  

Opposition mounts over Macron move to give wife official status

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An online petition against French President Emmanuel Macron's move to give official 'First Lady' status to his wife Brigitte, presented in a bill of law before parliament last week, has attracted 200,000 signatures, arguing that there is no justification that public funds should be granted to his spouse.