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Brigitte Macron to sue over transphobic fake news

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The French first lady plans to sue over fake news that she was born male.

Brigitte Macron has been at the centre of a bizarre transphobic theory being circulated by followers of a far-right website who claim the president’s wife was actually born under the name Jean-Michel Trogneux.

The male name has trended on social media since the rumour first circulated in September.

French newspaper Le Monde reported the rumour was being perpetuated by “militant anti-Macron” groups including ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters, QAnon supporters and anti-vaxxers.

French media have traced the story to an article written on a far-right journal by a woman named Natacha Rey.

The conspiracy then found a wider audience after being discussed in a YouTube broadcast shared by conspiracy theorists.


France’s President Emmanuel Macron has been incensed about rude remarks referring to his wife Brigitte. Photo: Getty

Mrs Macron, who has three children with her former husband, married Emmanuel Macron in 2007.

The now 68-year-old had first met the future president in 1993 when he was a teenager and she was a 40-year-old teacher at La Providence High School.

A lawyer for the First Lady confirmed that she is taking legal action.

“She has decided to initiate proceedings, it is in progress,” lawyer Jean Ennochi told AFP news agency.

We’ve Already Come Too Far To End This Now.

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