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France's new first lady fired back at those taunting her for the couple's 24-year age gap

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France's incoming first lady, 64-year-old Brigitte Macron is being taunted for the age gap between her and her husband, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron.

Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election just last week. 


The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo made a clear jab at the couple's 24-year age gap with a cover that showed the French president placing his hand on Brigitte Macron's "pregnant" belly. The caption read, “He will do miracles," which referenced one of Macron's campaign slogans.  

To that, Brigitte Macron tweeted, "Everything that is technically possible is not necessarily desirable or desired." 

According to CNN, on the same day, she also tweeted, "I've become accustomed to listening only to those who convey positive messages. Life with Emmanuel was necessarily like this."

Her daughter, Tiphaine Auzière, has since spoken out and told The Independent that "jealousy" is behind the attacks on her mother's relationship with the newly elected French president.

"I find it totally outrageous in France in the 21st century to make such attacks. These are attacks that we wouldn't direct at male politicians or at a man who would accompany a female politician," Auzière told CNN's French affiliate BFMTV

Many others have come to the first lady's defense, calling the magazine's cover and other comments about Brigitte Macron "sexist" and "ageist." 

The couple met when Emmanuel Macron was 15 and she was his high school drama teacher, according to The Washington Post. Brigitte Macron was married with three children at the time, but at 17 years old Emmanuel Macron professed his love for her. 

The two were married in 2007,  just a year after Brigitte Macron ended her previous marriage. 

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