Wednesday 26 July 2017

Criticism of age gap between Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron is 'sexist' and 'ageist', her daughter has claimed

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux stand on the steps of the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux stand on the steps of the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Zainab Boladale

The public criticism of the age gap between French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte is "sexist" and "ageist", her daughter has claimed.

Tiphaine Auzière said that she finds it "outrageous" that the 24-year difference between the couple has come under such scrutiny.

She told BFMTV: "There is a lot of jealousy, and it is very badly placed..

"I think we cannot remain indifferent to this, and now I do not want to give any importance to people who convey this kind of stuff because I find it totally outrageous in France in the 21st century to make such attacks."

Tiphaine (32), who is a lawyer, said that men wouldn't receive such a backlash and women in power are frequently disresepcted.

She said: "These are attacks that we wouldn’t directed at male politicians or at a man who would accompany a female politician. So I think there’s a lot of jealousy, and that this is very inappropriate."

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She praised her mother's hard work and comments that those close to her recognise it the most.

She explained: "I meet people who admire what she does, her work, her involvement. If people have nothing else to do but criticise, let them do it, it will only bring us closer together."

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