Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte, has come in for sexist and ageist abuse in recent weeks and Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine has been accused of adding fuel to the fire.
Brigitte Macron has been the subject of sexist and misogynistic abuse ever since her husband’s presidential campaign began, all because she is 24 years older than her husband.
Emmanuel Macron, 39, has spoken of the matter recently, telling Le Parisien newspaper that reports about his relationship amounted to “misogyny”.
“If I were 20 years older than my wife, nobody would have thought for a single second that I couldn’t be an intimate partner.”
“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’.”
But now that Macron has been voted president, the commentary about his wife haven’t stopped – with satirical mag Charlie Hebdo proving to be the latest to join the choir.
This week’s front page shows Macron holding the belly of his apparently very pregnant wife.
“He’s going to make miracles happen,” reads the accompanying text, in the picture which has also been added as Charlie Hebdo’s Facebook profile picture.
The caption is not just a reference to Macron’s promise to bring France into the 21st century, but apparently also to the notion that his wife is so much older than him that it would be a miracle if she became pregnant.
While the paper’s Facebook post about the new cover drew in around 3,500 likes, those on the French Twittersphere weren’t so impressed, with many slamming the paper as “sexist”. Read more