It is said that Brigitte’s family, the Trogneux, respected chocolatiers in the northern French town of Amiens – (coincidentally now specialising in macarons) – did not immediately approve of the relationship with Mr Macron.At one point, according to a local journalist with a long memory, the love affair created a “pure scandal”.Francoise recalled: “My mother, who would never have tolerated such a situation for her own children, showed herself to be much more open and tolerant with regard to her grandchildren’s love affairs.” Both parents deny any suggestion that they would have threatened to kick the schoolboy out of the house, and insist he was due to go to the prestigious Lycee Henri IV in Paris for the final year of his studies in any case.The young Macron was not a student in his future wife’s French classes but in her drama lessons, which she taught as a second subject.
Brigitte was still married herself when she met the young academic star, and one of the three children she had with then-husband Andre-Louis Auziere was in Mr Macron's class at the Lycée La Providence in Amiens.
His mother, Francoise Nogues-Macron, told Ms Fulda: “We just couldn’t believe it.
What is clear is that when Emmanuel met Brigitte, we couldn’t just say, ‘That’s great’.” But she added: “What mattered to me was not the fact he was having a relationship with Brigitte but that he was alive and there weren’t any problems.” Realising the affair would not be a passing phase, she is said to have told the teacher: “Don’t you see? But he won’t have children with you.” His father, Jean-Michel Macron, revealed he “almost fell off his chair” when he learned about his son’s lover: “When Emmanuel met Brigitte, we certainly did not say, ‘How wonderful!
Emmanuel Macron, the neoliberal candidate widely tipped to beat far-right Marine le Pen to the French presidency, first met his now-wife Brigitte when he was 15 and she his 39-year-old teacher.
And the pair weathered town gossip, the fury of Mr Macron's parents and an enforced separation, according to a forthcoming book by French journalist Anne Fulda which casts new light on their unorthodox relationship.