When a Hollywood couple meets on the set of a movie, the regular people of the world tend to feel even more invested in their relationship than just the usual level of stalkerish investment we have in celebrity love stories.
So far, Macron would struggle to beat even the Elysée’s current occupant, Francois Hollande, whose policies were hardly a roaring success but who added greatly to the jollity of the nation by being photographed, face hidden behind his scooter helmet, visiting the apartment of an actress 17 years his junior.
It is said that Brigitte’s family, the Trogneux, respected chocolatiers in the northern French town of Amiens – (coincidentally now specialising in macarons) – did not immediately approve of the relationship with Mr Macron.
At one point, according to a local journalist with a long memory, the love affair created a “pure scandal”.
I slowly grew frustrated being with someone who is out of it and unresponsive. He then decided (without my suggestion) that he would stop smoking.
There were many times where I was suspicious that he was smoking again.