During the Presidential election campaign in France, there was a final debate between current President Emanuel Macron and Ms Marine Le Pen of the Front National at which he tried to lecture her on a certain item of the economy, to which she replied: “Please don’t play professor-student with me, Mr Macron, I know you like that kind of thing, but not me.”
This was a clear jab to Mr Macron’s relationship with his wife, Brigitte, who is 24 years her husband's senior at the age of 64. President Macron met her when she was still his high school teacher and they’ve been together ever since. The nature of the relationship entices France, and it is sometimes said that she is the one pulling all the strings in the Elysée Palace (the French version of the White House).
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"Fraudsters try to use French first lady Brigitte Macron's identity to secure perks <a href="https://t.co/iSRsFOgcFc">https://t.co/iSRsFOgcFc</a> <a href="https://t.co/DspDTeLjbi">pic.twitter.com/DspDTeLjbi</a>"</p>— Pradeep Yadav (@rtiindiapy) <a href="https://twitter.com/rtiindiapy/status/979650727172825088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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A group of scammers must have understood this very well because it would now appear that for months they used Ms Macron identity and her rumoured boss-like behaviour to get VIP-treatment for all kinds of events. That story was confirmed when the Elysée palace today launched a judicial inquiry into people who had gotten favours on her behalf.
Many dozens of emails were sent in her name from the address [email protected] requesting tables at haute cuisine restaurants, tickets for sold-out concerts or VIP treatment in hotels. Admired in France, no one dared to question the validity of the requests apparently and the scammers got all that they want.
In only the last ten days there were requests for stays at 3 luxury hotels, tables at 2 five-star restaurants in Paris and tickets to the Australian Grand Prix (which apparently were all obtained). A Moroccan hotel luxury hotel in Marrakech stated that they received a demand last week to send a car to pick up Ms Macron’s nephew at the airport and drop him off at a nightclub.
One of Ms Macron’s aides confirmed the judicial investigation: “A complaint has been lodged and an inquiry is under way.”