2017年06月03日

マクロンの妻は彼の選挙では縁の下の力持ちだ。

Macron’s wife is the power behind his campaign
MAY 6, 2017 by: Harriet Agnew in Paris  FT

マクロンの妻は彼の選挙では縁の下の力持ちだ。

Emmanuel Macron marked his win in the first round of the French presidential election two weeks ago with a flourish of show business unusual in French politics — he called his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, up to the stage beside him. They embraced and kissed. “Without her, I wouldn’t be me,” he declared. 

flourish:華やかさ



Throughout Mr Macron’s remarkable rise to presidential favourite, his relationship with his wife — which started when he was a schoolboy and she was a teacher — has captivated France and helped him to raise his profile. 

favourite:有力候補
captivated:の心を奪う

“She is my best friend,” Mr Macron told Vanity Fair this month.
Ms Trogneux, 24 years older than her husband, says she is “president of his fan club”.
If Mr Macron wins on Sunday against Marine Le Pen he plans to appoint his wife to an official role, telling supporters last month: “If I’m elected — no, sorry, when we are elected — she will be there, with a role and place.” 

No predecessor has ever done something similar, and details of what this role might look like are yet to emerge. It would represent the first time there has been an official “First Lady of France”. “She’s a very positive person, incredibly ambitious for Emmanuel and very involved in what he’s doing,” says Caroline Derrien, co-author of a recent book on the couple, Les Macron. “She’s one of the only ones who dares to criticise him.” 

emerge:明らかになる
ambitious:野心的な
only ones:ほんの数人

A formal role for Ms Trogneux would also build on years in which the public has been increasingly fascinated with the personal lives of their presidents. During Francois Mitterrand’s two terms in the Elysee Palace, he managed to keep details of his secret second family out of the public eye. But since then any expectation that France’s politicians have a right to privacy has all but disappeared — while politicians have also become more willing to offer revealing glimpses of their personal lives when it has suited them politically. 

fascinated:興味をそそられる
all but:ほとんど



This probably reached a peak in 2008 when a President Nicolas Sarkozy told 300 journalists at the Elysee Palace that he was in a serious relationship with singer Carla Bruni. His successor Francois Hollande tried to be more discreet — only to be photographed sneaking off for late-night dalliances on the back of a scooter. 

discreet:慎重な・控えめな
sneaking:こそこそする
dalliances:恋の戯れ

At the age of 20 Ms Trogneux had married Andre-Louis Auziere, who later became a banker, and had a son and two daughters (one of whom works on Mr Macron’s campaign). Ms Trogneux was teaching French and Latin at a Jesuit high school in Amiens, when she became close to the then 15-year-old Mr Macron at an after-school drama workshop. “She was a really good teacher,” recalls one of Ms Trogneux’s later students. “She helped everyone and she understood how to motivate us to improve our skills.” 




Her initials earned her the affectionate nickname among the students of “BAM” (Brigitte Auziere-Macron). Ms Trogneux fought her feelings; Mr Macron’s parents sent him to Paris to finish his studies and hoped he would forget Brigitte. But the relationship endured as he progressed from the prestigious Ecole nationale d'administration — a classic training ground for the French political elite — to a stint at investment bank Rothschild before entering the socialist administration. 

affectionate:愛情のこもった
prestigious:名門の
stint:努め

Defying opposition from their respective families, the couple turned them around to accept the relationship. Ms Trogneux divorced her husband in 2006 and married Mr Macron the following year in the smart northern beach resort of Le Touquet. Mr Macron’s seven grandchildren apparently refer to him as “Daddy.” 
The age gap between the Macrons is the same as between Donald and Melania Trump. But perhaps because the Macrons’ marriage breaks the cliche of older men and younger women it has been repeatedly caricatured. 

Defying:公然と反抗する
cliche:言い古された表現
caricatured:風刺的に描く

One photograph circulating on social media includes an image of a young blonde woman on the beach holding the hand of a toddler in a nappy, with the caption “April 1980: the Macrons’ first holiday in St Tropez.” In the televised presidential debate this week Ms Le Pen told Mr Macron: “Don’t play games with me. We do not have a teacher — student relationship here.” 

nappy:おむつ

Mr Macron also believes the age gap has made him the target of rumours of homosexuality, which he said were an example of the “rampant homophobia” in French society as well as the “rampant misogyny” against older women. 

rampant:猛威を振るう
misogyny:女嫌い

But in some ways it has suited Mr Macron to show that his determination to woo Ms Trogneux (“At the age of 17, Emmanuel said to me: ‘Whatever you do, I will marry you!’” she told Paris Match last year) has matched his will to reach the Elysee Palace. Anne Fulda, a biographer of Mr Macron, told the BBC: “He wants to give the idea that, if he was able to seduce a woman 24 years his senior and a mother of three children, in a small provincial town, without opprobrium and mockery, he can conquer France in the same way.” 

opprobrium:公然たる非難
mockery:あざけり

マクロンと彼の妻ブリジットの関係の話だ。20歳以上も離れた奥さんとの関係を17歳の時から何年も維持してきたようだ。それだけの執念があるのであれば、フランスの政治もうまく収まるのかもしれない。彼の方向性に間違いがなければ。トランプのビジョンはまともだが、アクションがひどい。態度もひどい。マクロンはどうだろうか。

日曜日。慰安婦の本は少しお休みで、次は民主主義の本にした。きっと誰も読まないだろうが、書くことにした。ではまた明日。

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