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.
“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.”
Brigitte Trogneux: 1, 4, 6.