French First Lady Brigitte Macron has taken civil and criminal actions in court against two women she accuses of spreading fake news online, alleging that Emmanuel Macron’s wife was transgender.
Brigitte Macron’s lawyer confirmed this information to the Agence France Presse (AFP) on Friday, initially provided by the television channel M6.
A civil complaint has a first hearing scheduled for June 15, at the Paris court, a judicial source told AFP.
the two women, accused by Brigitte Macron, are a medium and an independent journalist, the last one accused of being one of the main relays of fake news.
On December 10, these published photos of the first lady and her family on the medium’s YouTube channel.
Brigitte Macron’s three children and her brother, Jean-Michel Trogneux, have joined this subpoena, in concrete by invasion of privacy, violation of personality rights and violation of image rightsdetailed the lawyer, Me Jean Ennochi.
Brigitte Macron and her brother also started a civil action, at the end of January, for “defamation”, intending to obtain, in this case, a criminal trial, he added.
For several months, publications appeared on social networks claiming that Brigitte Macron, born in Trogneux, was actually a transgender woman, birth name Jean-Michel.
This theory held that there was a vast conspiracy to hide the gender change.
The fake news, which initially circulated discreetly, had greater repercussion from mid-October, when it was published in a far-right magazine, in an article signed by one of the two women targeted by the accusations.
O impact of fake news peaked in December, when the presidential campaign began to stir in France.
This It is not the first time that the Macron couple have been the subject of rumors about their gender or sexual orientation.
During the 2017 presidential campaign, Emmanuel Macron had to deny allegations about his alleged homosexuality.
Several women in politics have been affected by false homophobic allegations, such as former US First Lady Michelle Obama, current US Vice President Kamala Harris or New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.