French Candidate Macron Seeks to Squash Speculation of Affair

Emmanuel Macron sought to preemptively squash speculation of an extra-marital affair as polls show he’s favorite to become France’s next president.

The 39-year-old former economy minister insisted his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, who is more than 20 years older, shares every aspect of his life. Making an ironic reference to rival Jean-Luc Melenchon’s use of hologram technology to broadcast a campaign rally, Macron dismissed suggestions that he is having a relationship with Mathieu Gallet, president of Radio France.

Emmanuel Macron on Feb. 6.

Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

“If you hear over dinner that I have a double life with Mathieu Gallet, it must be my hologram that has escaped, but it can’t be me,” Macron told supporters late Monday. “I am what I am -- I’ve never had anything to hide,” he said, adding that Trogneux “shares my whole life.”

Macron, who quit president Francois Hollande’s Socialist cabinet last August to make an independent presidential bid, currently has support of 20.5 percent of voters going into the first round of voting, according to Ifop’s latest daily rolling poll. While that’s behind National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who has 25.5 percent support, Macron is 2 percentage points ahead of Republican candidate Francois Fillon in the battle to qualify for the run-off. All polls show Macron will win the presidency if he can survive the first vote.

France’s two-round presidential election is scheduled for April 23 and May 7.