Saturday 22 September 2018

French first lady Brigitte Macron inundated with thankful letters from older women for showing them they can still be seductive

Brigitte Macron
Brigitte Macron
Hope: Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Morris MacMatzen/Getty
Brigitte with hubby, French President Emmanuel Macron Photo: Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images
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Brigitte Macron, wife of the French president visits the MUDAM contemporary art museum in Luxembourg on August 29, 2017 / AFP PHOTO / LUDOVIC MARINLUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images
Desislava Radeva (R), wife of Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, and Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron walk during an official ceremony in Euxinograd residence, near Varna, Bulgaria, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
Well-heeled: Brigitte Macron and Rihanna at the Élysée Palace in Paris
French First Lady Brigitte Macron Takes a Walk along the Hudson River on September 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
Irish U2 musician and philanthropist Bono, co-founder of the organisation ONE, speaks with Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president following his visit to the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 24, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Macron (C) arrive with their dog called Nemo to pose for a family picture with French chefs during an event at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on September 27, 2017
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and French president's wife Brigitte Macron (R), stand outside the Army Museum during a welcome ceremony at Les Invalides in Paris, on July 13, 2017, as part of US president's 24-hour trip that coincides with France's national day and the 100th anniversary of US involvement in World War I
Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump attend a welcoming ceremony at the Invalides in Paris, France, July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Singer Bono of Irish band U2 and co-founder of ONE organization and Brigitte Macron, wife of the French President, speak at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

French first lady Brigitte's Macron's personal style might be divisive, but it's generally accepted that she looks amazing. Not "for her age"; just amazing.

There's nothing wrong with her choice of outfits: skinny leather trousers, Balmain blazers and above the knee dresses in summer are all par for the course in most women's wadrobes. Any issue with her sense of dress is focused on her age and the idea that, at 64, she should put her sleeveless tops out to pasture.

If there's one thing Brigitte does better than most, it's exuding confidence, the kind of je ne sais quoi that only French women seem to have, and showing that age really is just a number. And most women seem to agree - her adviser, Pierre-Olivier Costa has proudly revealed that she has broken records of the amount of personal correspondence, with thousands of women thanking her for reigniting their self-confidence.

Brigitte currently receives around 200 letters per day, smashing the previous record of 35 held by former supermodel Carla Bruni when she lived at the Elysee Palace from 2008 to 2012.

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Macron (C) arrive with their dog called Nemo to pose for a family picture with French chefs during an event at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on September 27, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Macron (C) arrive with their dog called Nemo to pose for a family picture with French chefs during an event at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on September 27, 2017

"Many women in their 60s or 70s write to Brigitte to say merci, thank you because I didn’t know it was possible, thank you because I didn’t dare wear that sort of dress, thank you for showing that one can still seduce at 65,"  Costa told the Daily Telegraph.

"We were incredibly surprised at the scale of requests for help from Brigitte Macron."

Brigitte formed a relationship with her husband she was a drama teacher at his secondary school. At the time, she was married with three children teaching in a private school in Amiens, where Mr Macron studied in the same class as her daughter.

"At the age of 17, Emmanuel said to me, 'Whatever you do, I will marry you!'," she told Paris Match magazine last year.

French First Lady Brigitte Macron Takes a Walk along the Hudson River on September 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
French First Lady Brigitte Macron Takes a Walk along the Hudson River on September 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)

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.

Well-heeled: Brigitte Macron and Rihanna at the Élysée Palace in Paris
Well-heeled: Brigitte Macron and Rihanna at the Élysée Palace in Paris

Earlier this year, she said she is reminded of the 24-year age gap between her and her husband every morning, saying: "Of course, we have breakfast, me with my wrinkles, him with freshness, but that’s how it is."

She previously described the coverage of her relationship as "insignificant".

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