Brigitte Macron, 68, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, will file a complaint against a website that spread a rumor that the first lady was born as a man. The gossip first surfaced in September, and has been hotly debated on social media ever since. Jean Inoche, Brigitte Macron’s lawyer, said the French first lady would now take legal action.
According to French media, rumors about Macron’s gender first appeared in an article published on the website of a far-right newspaper and written by a woman named Natasha Rey. Since then, fake news has been circulating on YouTube and other social media platforms. Many Internet users claim that Brigitte Macron was born as a man, under the name Jean-Michel Trugno. On Twitter, the hashtag #JeanMichelTrogneux has been one of the hottest trends in France over the past week.
In addition, the gossip believes that Macron is not the mother of her three children. The French first lady married her first husband, André-Louis Auzière, in 1974, with whom she had a son and two daughters.
Gossip and criticism
Not many French people think it’s a good idea for Macron to file a complaint over the rumours. In doing so, some say she will confirm that she is very interested in false gossip, which raises the question of whether there is some truth behind the gossip after all. On the other hand, others firmly believe that the allegations are fabrications.
This is not the first time that Brigitte Macron has been subjected to rumors and criticism. For example, online trolls mocked the 25-year age difference between Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron in the election of the French president in 2017. Two years ago, he insulted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro A minister in the Brazilian government at the time also said the emergence of the French first lady. The president said it and this is the truth. That woman is really ugly.”
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