Her youthful fashion sense and the 24-year age gap with her husband may have raised eyebrows when she became the first lady of France.
But Brigitte Macron’s popularity shows no signs of fading as it emerged she has broken the record for the number of letters received by a president’s wife, with hundreds of mature women clamouring to praise the 64-year-old’s style.
Mrs Macron receives up to 200 written messages a day from admirers who thank her for showing that older women can attract and seduce younger men, according to her top adviser.
The glamorous Brigitte Macron (pictured), France’s first lady, has received hundreds of letters from older women thanking her for proving that they can still be sexy
Carla Bruni, wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, held the previous record, receiving around 35 a day.
Pierre-Olivier Costa, Mrs Macron’s adviser, said her inner circle were surprised by the number of people asking for her help after her 40-year-old husband Emmanuel became president.
‘Many women in their 60s or 70s write to Brigitte to say merci, thank you because I didn’t know it was possible, thank you because I didn’t dare wear that sort of dress, thank you for showing that one can still seduce at 65,’ he told the Daily Telegraph.
‘We were incredibly surprised at the scale of requests for help from Brigitte Macron.’
Mrs Macron, a retired teacher, first met Mr Macron when he was in her drama class.
The couple ended up pursuing an affair before the mother of three left her first husband.
Mrs Macron, pictured with her husband Emmanuel, has broken the record for the most letters received by the French first lady, getting up to 200 letters per day
Since her husband was elected earlier this year, she has received praise for her modern dress sense and youthful style.
Christelle Graillot, of Vivendi Talent Management, said Mrs Macron had ‘uninhibited’ the women of her generation, and added that the Macrons ‘demonstrate that everything is possible’. She told Vogue magazine: ‘She [Brigitte] has dusted off the style of the first lady. She is a free French woman.’
In August Mrs Macron admitted she was reminded of the age gap between her and her husband every morning when she looked at the boyish French president: ‘Of course, we have breakfast, me with my wrinkles, him with freshness, but that’s how it is.’
Mrs Macron said that she had no regrets about moving into the Elysee Palace, and, describing their ‘story’ as being ‘so simple,’ added: ‘If I hadn’t chosen this, I would have missed out on my life … The only problem with Emmanuel is that he’s younger than me.’