Who Said It: Mary Kay Letourneau or Brigitte Trogneux?

Like the films of Jerry Lewis, the romance of the American schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau (now Fualaau) and her pupil-turned-husband Vili Fualaau was more warmly received in France. While Mary Kay served time in prison for statutory rape, the couple published a book in France about their relationship called Un seul crime, l’amour (Only One Crime, Love), and were married after her release.

When Mary Kay talks about her affair with the adolescent schoolboy she sounds remarkably like the former drama teacher and first lady of France Brigitte Trogneux, whose affair with her own pupil, Emmanuel Macron, also resulted in marriage. Macron met first met his thirty-nine year old teacher when he was fifteen years old. At seventeen, Macron’s parents sent him to Paris in the hopes of ending the relationship.

Image result for mary kay letourneau“What is clear is that when Emmanuel met Brigitte we couldn’t just say ‘that’s great’,” his mother told the author of Emmanuel Macron: A Perfect Young Man. 

The President of France and his wife have refused to reveal when their relationship became romantic. “Nobody will ever know at what moment our story became a love story,” said Trogneux, “That belongs to us. That is our secret.”

1. “Without doubt he wasn’t like the others. He was always with the teachers. He simply wasn’t an adolescent.”
2. “Well he’s quite the man, and was back then actually.”
3. He was definitely forceful with his advances.”
4. “Little by little, he overcame all my resistances in an unbelievable way, with patience.”
5. There was an air about him that was older.”
6. “He wasn’t a teenager. He had a relationship of equals with other adults.”
Mary Kay LeTourneau: 2, 3, 5.

Brigitte Trogneux: 1, 4, 6.