The questions buzz through the gilded corridors of the Elysée Palace. What, if anything, is President Emmanuel Macron up to behind the heavy doors of his private salon – while his wife Brigitte is away?
After all, French presidents are notorious for being boudoir hoppers. Jacques Chirac, for example, was nowhere to be found the night Princess Diana died in Paris. He was eventually spotted sleeping with Italian movie star Claudia Cardinale instead of his wife.
We have Donald Trump to thank for the fresh rumors about Macron. The former US President claims he is sitting on a massive sex scandal involving his former French counterpart.
On August 8, the FBI searched Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, Fla., and seized boxes of classified documents as part of a criminal investigation into his alleged misuse of top secret materials.
Almost everyone now knows that Macron, 44, met his wife Brigitte, 69, when he was a 15-year-old student, and she met his 39-year-old teacher, a married mother of three
One of the files is described in Paris as — ooh la la! – the “Macron sex dossier”. The mysterious “Item 1a” file was tantalizingly listed as “info re: President of France” by the FBI.
While the true content remains classified, the internet is inevitably rife with rumours, and spooks are said to be wagging on both sides of the Atlantic.
And Trump has long displayed an odd fascination with Macron’s sex life, reportedly boasting privately about knowing every allegedly lewd detail. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Trump liked to say Macron was “naughty” — and that “[not] a lot of people know’.
A Macron ally in Paris told me last night: “All French presidents have their trivial sexual offences, and details always leak out.
“Efforts are being made to find out what the Macron sex dossier contains — and it’s only a matter of time.”
Smoldering and chiseled, Mathieu Gallet (pictured) was openly gay and a prominent figure in French media, and was known to have met Macron at various events
Almost everyone now knows that Macron, 44, met his wife Brigitte, 69, when he was a 15-year-old student, and she met his 39-year-old teacher, a married mother of three.
But that’s just the beginning of the eyebrow-raising accusations about Macron’s personal life.
During his 2017 presidential campaign, Macron had to deny being part of a “rich gay lobby” and denied evidence he had a passionate affair with Mathieu Gallet, then 40-year-old boss of Radio France.
Smoldering and chiseled Gallet, who was openly gay, was a prominent figure in French media and was known to have met Macron at various events.
Online rumors started to mushroom and Macron had to say: “They say I have a double life with Mathieu Gallet. . . but I can’t be.’
He reiterated at another rally: “I am who I am – I’ve never had anything to hide. I hear people say I have a secret life or something. It’s not nice for Brigitte because I share all my days and nights with her and she asks me how I can do it.”
A year later, the always excitable Parisian rumor mill had turned into a freshly spinning gossip dynamo.
They insisted Macron was now sleeping with his former security guard and later deputy chief of staff, Alexandre Benalla. What else could explain the President’s lenient treatment and continued employment of Benalla after he was caught beating a French citizen?
Macron was rumored to be sleeping with his former security guard and later deputy chief of staff, Alexandre Benalla
On May 1, 2018 – a day that often leads to protests – Benalla was eager to observe events alongside the gendarmes. But he was on his day off, so he had asked his boss, Macron’s chief of staff, for permission to do so.
However, on the day he was filmed wearing a hard hat, visor and an orange armband with the word “police” on it.
This was illegal: he should not be part of the security effort in any official way, and impersonating an officer is a serious offense.
But Benalla went one step further. The excitement of getting dressed got the better of him and he set about treating the protesters.
A bystander filmed him “arresting” a woman and dragging her by the neck from a crowd. Benalla later dragged a man onto the sidewalk and hit him in the head as he walked.
When the scandal broke in July 2018, Macron was on the back foot, clumsily explaining why Benalla not only had a job, but retained security clearance for the National Assembly, use of a chauffeur-driven car and even a government apartment.
Benalla was belatedly released – but what had taken Macron so long? Soon people filled in the blanks themselves. The president was forced to release a bizarre statement saying Benalla had “never been my lover”.
He added, perhaps unnecessarily, that Benalla also “never owned the nuclear codes.”
A source from the opposition Socialist Party told the Mail: “Macron has denied something that nobody of significance was interested in. The accusation was that he was taking care of Benalla because he was one of his favorite collaborators, and that seemed like extreme arrogance. ‘
Benalla was eventually sentenced to a nominal prison term for his May Day antics.
The former US President claims he is sitting on a massive sex scandal involving his former French counterpart
In an interview with Tetu, France’s leading LGBT magazine, in February 2017, Macron said: “If I had been gay, I would say it and I would live it. Two things are abhorrent about the innuendo: saying that it’s not possible for a man living with an older woman to be anything other than homosexual, and implying someone is a misogynistic secretive gigolo. It’s all homophobia.”
Brigitte herself complained about receiving an anonymous call in 2017 when a male voice said her husband “saw another man”. Despite intensive efforts by the French secret services, the caller was never identified.
And Brigitte is no stranger to toxic rumors about herself either.
Far-right journalists have repeatedly promoted the fiction that she was born a man, Jean-Michel Trogneux, in April 1953. Trogneux is said to have undergone a gender reassignment surgery in the early 1980s. Platforms linked to Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party, anti-vaccination activists and the anti-government Yellow Vests movement have circulated the false claims.
Le Figaro was among numerous reputable news outlets that denounced the attack on her as “false transphobic information” based on “absurd rumours”.
But even such an outrageous lie was tolerated by the French public, so accustomed are they to salacious hearsay about their leaders. Why are so many French so quick to believe gossip? Part of the answer certainly lies in the antics of many of Macron’s Priapian predecessors.
Brigitte herself complained about receiving an anonymous call in 2017 when a male voice said her husband “saw another man”.
France’s healthy tradition of state-sponsored sexual excess dates back centuries.
In 1899, Felix Faure ended his term as president by dropping dead while cuddling a much younger lover on an Elysee chaise longue. Almost a century later, President Francois Mitterrand carried the torch and maintained a mistress and daughter at the expense of the state.
Jacques Chirac, on the other hand, was nicknamed “Mr. Three minutes, shower included” after countless trips to his loved ones in official convoys during working hours.
Nicolas Sarkozy continued the tradition by pursuing various women before divorcing in office and then marrying former supermodel Carla Bruni, an old flame of Mick Jagger.
After all, the corpulent socialist Francois Hollande also had a revolving salon door in the Elysee. He was seen jumping onto the back of a moped to take part in an early morning rendezvous with aspiring actress Julie Gayet.
Paparazzi pictures of Hollande whizzing around the corner from the Elysee to his love nest were too much for his girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler, who lives there. The Paris Match political correspondent was hospitalized shortly afterwards.
No wonder scandal seekers expect the same from Macron. So what’s the truth about the man dubbed “Little Napoleon” by his critics for his domineering style?
Informed observers sometimes liken him to a “Not Tonight, Josephine” type—almost asexual, modeled after Bonaparte himself.
An old friend who has known the President since he was in school says: “He doesn’t have much to fear. If anything, since the beginning of his affair with Brigitte, he has always been boringly good. He’s calmed down a lot, so a little more spice would appeal to people – especially the boys. Good luck to him – he has nothing to be ashamed of and he certainly has no fear of Donald Trump.”
Macron has frequently complained that Russian agents working for Vladimir Putin are attacking him via cyberspace. “They are the ones who start the rumors and then spread them using bot farms,” said another Macron employee.
“Spreading misinformation is a perfect tool for political opponents who want to discredit someone. It may well be that agents working for Trump simply put together misinformation they could google online.
That could very well be true.
Whatever is in file ‘1a’, the most scathing of his critics would say his one true love was himself. Perhaps the most intense extramarital affair Macron has ever had. . . is with the mirror.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11179451/Trumps-claim-FBI-took-secret-dossier-Macron-raid-set-tongues-wagging.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Trump’s claim that the FBI took a classified dossier on Macron during the raid has tongues wagging