Hats off to newly elected President of France Emmanuel Macron, who has already expressed his feminist resolve in a candid interview about his relationship with his wife.
The 39-year-old former Rothschild investment banker is married to his high school teacher Brigitte Trogneux, who has garnered global headlines for being 24 years his senior.
“If I had been 20 years older than my wife, nobody would have thought for a single second that I couldn’t be [an intimate partner],” he told Le Parisien. “It’s because she is 20 years older than me that lots of people say, ‘this relationship can’t be tenable, it can’t be possible.”
He puts the response to his marriage down to rampant misogyny and homophobia, amid gossip that he is actually gay and the marriage is a sham.
He told Le Parisien that people had “lost their sense of reality” and revealed “a big problem with homosexuality.”
Furthermore, “there is a big problem with the presentation of society and how they see a woman,” he added.