During Paris visit, US president tells counterpart’s spouse, Brigitte Macron: ‘You know, you’re in such good shape, beautiful’
President Donald Trump was captured complimenting the French president’s wife’s appearance Thursday as he toured a famous Paris landmark on his two day visit in Paris in celebration of Bastille Day.
Video footage posted on the French government’s official Facebook page showed Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and their wives chatting after their tour of the museums at Les Invalides.
As they were saying their good-byes, Trump turned to Brigitte Macron and gestured toward her body.
“You know, you’re in such good physical shape,” Trump said, before repeating the observation to her husband. “Beautiful,” he added.
Trump tells the First Lady of France, Brigitte Macron: “You’re in such good shape … beautiful”pic.twitter.com/tKCzX15cPl
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 13, 2017
Brigitte Macron was her husband’s former high school teacher and their relationship has drawn international attention because of their significant age difference.
She is 64 and he is 39, which makes her 25 years his senior. She also is a grandmother to 6 grandchildren.
Macron’s relationship to Brigitte, began when he was he was only 15. When his parents found out that his teacher was having an inappropriate relationship with their son, they asked Brigitte to stay away from their 16-year-old son, at least until he turned 18, according to a new biography about the presidential candidate.
“His mother, Francoise Nogues-Macron, told the biographer: “We just couldn’t believe it. What is clear is that when Emmanuel met Brigitte, we couldn’t just say, ‘That’s great’.”
Realizing the affair would not be a passing phase, she is said to have told the teacher: “Don’t you see? You’ve had your life. But he won’t have children with you.”
Macron, revealed he “almost fell off his chair” when he learned about his son’s lover: “When Emmanuel met Brigitte, we certainly did not say, ‘How wonderful!”
The shaken parents met her and asked her not to see their son again until he reached adulthood, but she defiantly told them she couldn’t “promise anything”.
Brigitte was married at the time and when Macron moved to Paris at the age of 18, she jumped ship from her own family soon after and followed him down. They have been married since 2007.
AP & Wikipedia contributed to this story.