André-Louis Auzière, first husband of the First Lady of France Brigitte Macron – the man she left to her former pupil, now French president, Emmanuel Macron – died at the end of last year on Christmas Eve , at the age of 69, it has now been revealed.
Talk to Paris Match yesterday, one of the children of the former couple, Tiphaine Auzière, confirmed the death of her father by declaring: “My father is dead, I buried him on December 24 in the strictest privacy”. -she declared to the publication. “I adored him, he was a special being, a nonconformist who valued his anonymity more than anything. It must be respected.
Brigitte and André-Louis married in 1974 and had three children – Tiphaine, Sébastien and Laurence. She had previously described her husband as “a kind man with a strong moral compass” and said she strived to be the perfect housewife and mother to their children.
The couple divorced in 2006, after it emerged that Brigitte had fallen in love with one of her former students, Emmanuel Macron, who is 25 years her junior. The two reportedly bonded in the 1990s at the after-school drama club run by Brigitte. She said of their relationship: “At 17, Emmanuel told me, ‘Whatever you do, I will marry you! “” The couple married in 2007.
Since then, Brigitte’s first husband has become something of a loner – much to the chagrin of journalists, who desperately tried to contact him for an interview after Macron won the French presidency in 2017. Despite the circumstances of their meeting, the Brigitte’s children would have always gotten along with the president.
A presidential spokesman said there would be “no comment on this matter as it is private in nature.”