‘Every Friday I went to write a play with her for several hours,’ the schoolboy later revealed. And I discovered we had always known one another.’As for Brigitte, whose eldest daughter Laurence — incredibly — was in the same class as Emmanuel, she was captivated by his ‘exceptional intelligence’.She felt he was so gifted that it was as though ‘I was working with Mozart’. Neither had far to go home — the teacher to a house she shared nearby with her banker husband and children, while the pupil walked the short distance to his parents’ home in an affluent part of Amiens She even quizzed her daughter about her classmate, who told her he was bookish but engaging and charming, a man who ‘knows everything’ and seemed much older than his years.Hoping it was just a passing teenage obsession, they decided to bide their time.But their suspicions intensified when Emmanuel told them he was going to see a friend in Amiens — only for them to discover he had spent time with Mme Auziere again.Soon afterwards, Emannuel’s mother raised with her son the delicate issue of his relationship, concerned that he would never be able to have children due to the age gap.‘We couldn’t believe it,’ she told one interviewer.
‘He wrote poems and she read them out in front of everyone.’Macron’s parents — a neurologist and a paediatrician — were not happy on hearing these rumours.
According to sources at the school, the headmistress agreed that Emmanuel could finish his schooling there and prepare for university in Paris, where he was to live in a flat owned by his family.
At the same time, Mr and Mrs Macron decided not to complain to the police about the teacher’s relationship with their son.
‘What is clear is that when Emmanuel met Brigitte we couldn’t just say: “That’s great.” ’According to the new book, Macron’s parents decided to confront Brigitte and tell her to end the affair — or at least wait until their son was 18.
At this uncomfortable meeting in Amiens, Francoise told Brigitte: ‘You already have your life, [but] he won’t have children.’ In tears, the teacher — the youngest daughter of a wealthy, respected family of chocolatiers and confectioners — sobbed that she ‘could not promise anything’.