If Emmanuel Macron defeats far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in May’s showdown for the French presidency, the country will have perhaps its most unexpected first lady ever.
Macron’s wife, Brigitte Trogneux, was his drama teacher in high school and is 25 years his senior. He’s 39, she’s 64.
The front-runner was just 16 when he vowed to marry Trogneux – a married mum-of-three at the time – and his parents even tried to put a stop to the schoolboy love affair, according to a new book.
The unusual love story has captivated French tabloids and magazines, and emerged as a major storyline during Macron’s rapid rise towards the Elysee Palace, with both husband and wife hitting back at critics.
At 16, Macron’s parents sent him to Paris to continue his studies but he vowed to marry Trogneux, who was around 40.
The relationship continued after he left for Paris, became an adult and graduated from university, and eventually moved into investment banking, although it was unclear when the romance became a full-blown love affair.
Trogneux joined him in Paris and the couple married in 2007 – she did not take his name – after she divorced her first husband. The pair have not had any children together.
New details about their romance emerged in journalist Anne Fulda’s timely book, “Emannuel Macron: A Perfect Young Man”.
She interviewed Macron, Trogneux and both of his parents, and said they were shocked when they found out he was pursuing his teacher.
Macron, who could become France’s youngest ever president, hit back at critics, saying: “Nobody would call it unusual if the age difference was reversed. People find it difficult to accept something that is sincere and unique.”
“What Happens On The Boat Stays On The Boat,” Oprah Says Of Obama Vacation
The Obamas joined Oprah on a yacht at the tail end of their vacation in French Polynesia. While there, they snorkeled, paddleboarded, and turned Barack into an Instagram husband. Also on the yacht were Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and probably the biggest nascent alt-right conspiracy theory since “Pizzagate.”
What happened Extra asked? Come on, you can tell us. We trust you, because you gave everyone a car. You should trust us, because we don’t want anything from you. We just want to know what happened on the boat. Did Barack do shots with Tom Hanks? Did Springsteen tell everyone he secretly hates New Jersey?
Oprah said “There were conversations all the time, that’s all we did was talk. We talked, and everybody else did a lot of paddleboarding,” she told the outlet. “I’m not really good with the ocean. Me and the ocean don’t get along too good. There was a lot of paddleboarding, snorkeling, jet skiing, lots of good stuff.”
A South African hunter is believed to have been eaten by crocodiles after he went missing during a safari hunt in Zimbabwe.
44-year-old Scott van Zyl, who owns a professional hunting company, disappeared last Friday on the banks of the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe, British news portal The Telegraph reported on Tuesday.
The dogs he was hunting with returned without him and his rifle and personal items were intact in his pickup truck.
A search team traced his tracks to the banks of the river and found his backpack.
Police and park authorities decided to shoot two suspected Nile crocodiles and “found what could possibly be human remains in them”, a member of the search party told The Telegraph.
The remains are reportedly being tested by forensic experts to verify if they belong to Scott van Zyl.
A former Oxford University Phd student raped a sobbing young woman in his flat then texted her a year later to apologise, a court heard.
Statistician Sherman Ip, 25, allegedly forced the victim down on to his bed and pulled off her clothes before attacking her.
The victim fled in tears but decided not to go to police after sending him a message to tell him what he did was wrong.
She was driven to make her allegations in October 2014 after receiving a text from Ip saying: “I am really sorry for raping you”, jurors were told.
Ip has a masters degree in Physics from University College London and in 2015 moved to Oxford University for the first year of his Phd as part of the Oxford Warwick Statistics Programme. He is now at Warwick.
The alleged victim told her boyfriend in September 2013 but decided not to make a formal complaint.
Mr Povall said: “What drove her to go to the police was a message she received from him in October 2014.”
The text read: “I am so sorry for emotionally abusing you and manipulating you to do things you didn’t want to do. I am really sorry for raping you. I am really sorry for hurting you. It’s all my fault.”
Ip, who has never been arrested before, made no comment in police interview.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that citizens of Nigeria are among the world’s ‘most creative and smartest persons.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo made the comment when he met with the Nigerian pilot who recently chalked the feat of flying solo across the world.
The 38-year-old Ademilola ‘Lola’ Odujinrin is a Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Odujinrin has completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September.