Meet the potential French first lady - How presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron fell for his teacher as a teenager
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron first met his wife of 10 years when he was just 15 years old.
Mr Macron (39), who is now emerging as the frontrunner to take the presidency over National Front leader Marine Le Pen, fell for his wife Brigitte Trogneux when he was in school and she was his drama teacher, proclaiming he knew then he would marry her.
Ms Trogneux (64) was married with three children at the time and a supervisor of the drama club in a private school in Amiens, where Mr Macron studied in the same class as his teacher's daughter.
"At the age of 17, Emmanuel said to me, 'Whatever you do, I will marry you!'," she told Paris Match magazine last year.
In a tv documentary, she revealed he was determined to woo her and she didn't think of him as a teenager, describing him as having a "relationship of equals with other adults".
"Little by little, he overcame all my resistances in an unbelievable way, with patience," she said.
"He wasn't a teenager. He had a relationship of equals with other adults."
It's unclear when exactly their relationship began as the grandmother-of-seven is quoted as saying in a new book by Le Figaro journalist Anne Fulda that they will keep that private.
"Nobody will ever know at what moment our story became a love story. That belongs to us. That is our secret," she said.
For the book Emmanuel Macron: A Perfect Young Man, Fulda interviewed Mr Macron's parents Jean-Michel and Francoise, who said they "couldn't believe it" when they learned about their relationship.
"What is clear is that when Emmanuel met Brigitte we couldn't just say: 'That's great!' Don't you see. You've had your life. But he won't have children with you," the book says, according to Reuters.
It is unclear when exactly the romance turned into a full-blown love affair. Fulda wrote: "Emmanuel's parents were keen on emphasizing that they did not lodge a complaint against Brigitte Auziere (Trogneux's married name) for corruption of a minor."
Mr Marcon then blamed the the "misogyny" of those expressing disapproval at his marriage. "Nobody would call it unusual if the age difference was reversed. People find it difficult to accept something that is sincere and unique," he said.
Earlier this week, the politician said he doesn't "hide her" and she has been pictured alongside him in recent weeks as the election heats up and she arrived on stage with a congratulatory kiss as he won first place in the first round of elections.
"She's here in my life, she has always been," he said.
Last month, Mr Macron said his wife will play an essential role as first lady if he moves into Élysée Palace.
"I owe her an enormous amount because she has contributed to make me the person I am," he told crowds.
"If I'm elected, no, sorry, when we are elected, she will be there, with a role and a place."