Private relations disaster: Even Macron’s wife ‘can’t stand his arrogance’
The French first lady is also in hot pursuit of the source of the rumour that her husband has a gay lover
Emmanuel Macron faces a testing week as reports that even his wife Brigitte finds him arrogant add to damaging revelations in a new biography of her confidante, and he struggles to keep his government on track.
The French president is struggling to reshuffle his cabinet after the resignations of two high-profile ministers, one of whom complained on television that his presidency “lacked humility”.
He suffered further damage to his reputation with reports on Sunday that his wife is also fed up with his “high-handed” manner.
Brigitte has urged the president’s entourage to speak truth to power, complaining that she is one of a very few people who dare tell him when he is overbearing, according to Le Parisien newspaper. He is “too arrogant, too snappy”, she has reportedly told members of her inner circle.
Brigitte has also vowed revenge on the person who spread rumours that her husband was in a gay relationship, according to a new book. Her remarks appear in an unauthorised biography of Michèle “Mimi” Marchand, a public relations adviser to the Macrons and the owner of a celebrity photo agency, Bestimage.
The book, to be published in France on Wednesday, has also embarrassed the first couple by depicting the Macrons as excessively reliant on Marchand, a PR legend who ran lesbian nightclubs in the 1990s and whose former partner was jailed for armed robbery.
The book claims Marchand, 71, used her paparazzi connections on behalf of Brigitte to track down the source of the gay rumours, which the president has been forced to deny.
France’s first lady reportedly arranged a dinner à trois after Gérard Collomb, her husband’s one-time mentor and interior minister, announced his intention to resign. Her attempt at reconciliation failed.
Collomb, 71, who once remarked that he regarded Macron “almost as a son”, castigated his “top-down” leadership style.
The president’s much-delayed government relaunch is now expected this week after a struggle to persuade new recruits to join his beleaguered cabinet.
– © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2018)