Today Sunday 7th May, 2017, a new French President named Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron, was elected. He is the youngest ever president. Macron emerged victorious by about 65% to 35% defeating Marine Le Pen.

French Africa excluding Southern Cameroons has quite been anxious waiting for this election to be deliberated. Sadly, French Africa has always been the breadbasket of France with its leaders bowing down to their colonial masters to help them die in power.

We have as below 5 things that most of you don’t know about the new French President.

  1. His full names are President Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron and his wife’s, Brigitte Trogneux.
  2. Born in Amiens, he studied philosophy at Paris-Nanterre University, completed a Masters in public affairs at Sciences Po. Graduated from the École Nationale d’administration (ENA) in 2004.

He worked as an Inspector of Finances in the Inspectorate General of Finances (IGF) and then became an investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque.

  1. Macron is married to Brigitte Trogneux, 24 years his senior, who was his teacher in La Providence High School in Amiens. They first met when he was a 15-year-old student in her class, and she was 39 but were officially a couple only after he turned 17.

  2. His parents initially attempted to separate the couple by sending him away to Paris to finish the final year of his schooling. As they felt his youth made this relationship inappropriate, but the couple stayed together after he graduated, and they married in 2007.

  3. His best man was the late Henry Hermand, a businessman who loaned €550,000 to Macron for the purchase of his first apartment in Paris as he was Inspector of Finances.

Hermand also let Macron use some of his offices on the Avenue des Champs Élysées in Paris for his movement En Marche!. Macron and Trogneux live with her three children from a previous marriage.

Also Read: New French President is 3 Times Older than Most French African Presidents


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