Brigitte Macron, née Trogneux, is the youngest of the six children of Simone and Jean Trogneux from Amiens, 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Paris. The Trogneux family was a wealthy middle-class family that owned a chocolate factory with several branches, founded in 1872. It is famous for its specialty “Macarons d’Amiens.”
Brigitte had two daughters and a son with her first husband, the banker Andre-Louis Auziere. She is now grandmother to seven grandchildren. Until 2015, she worked as a teacher, before giving up her job to focus on the political career of Emmanuel Macron, 24 years younger than herself.
Emmanuel and Brigitte got to know each other in the theater club of the Jesuit-run school “La Providence” in Amiens. The 17-year-old pupil and the 41-year-old teacher worked on a presentation of “La Comedie du langage” by Jean Tardieu.
For the last years of his schooling, the pupil changed over to the elite Paris secondary school “Lycee Henri IV,” while his teacher remained in Amiens. They kept in contact, phoning each other for hours.
In 2007, Brigitte Auziere filed for divorce from her then-husband and moved to Paris to be with Emmanuel. They got married that year.