(CNN)Politicians, journalists and her own daughter have stepped
forward in defense of Brigitte Trogneux, wife of French
President-elect Emmanuel Macron, in response to a series of
sexist and misogynistic slurs against her.
Many of the unwelcome comments have focused on the fact that
Trogneux -- age 64 with seven grandchildren -- is 24 years her
husband's senior. She famously went from being Macron's teacher
to his partner, and eventually his wife. Now she is France's
next first lady.
Macron's convincing victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen
in last weekend's election appears to have encouraged the wave
of sexist comment.
On Sunday, French Republican party lawmaker Jacques Domerge
joked on Facebook, "We have a new president who is a younger
model of the previous one. Except that the previous one lived
with a women who was his daughter's age and the new one with a
woman who is his mother's age."
And on Wednesday, the front cover of satirical magazine Charlie
Hebdo carried a cartoon showing 39-year-old Macron resting a
hand on the pregnant stomach of his wife, with the caption:
"He's going to work miracles!"
Her face was on fire and someone pissed on it to put it out.