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Incoming First Lady Taunted for being Older Than Her Husband

Since 39-year-old political outsider Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election, his wife, 64-year-old Brigitte Macron, has continued to face a litany of misogynistic comments similar to ones that plagued her throughout the campaign, most centering on the couple's 24-year age difference. The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on May 9 published a cover with caricatures of the incoming French president and his wife, along with the caption: "He is going to work miracles!" But given the illustration — of the president-elect placing his hand on his "pregnant" wife's belly — it also was a clear jab at the incoming first couple's age gap. On social media, many slammed the magazine's cover as "sexist" and "ageist." By now, the backstory of how Macron and his wife got together is well known in France and elsewhere. He was 15 when they met; she was his high school drama teacher. At the time, she was married with three children.

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