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Ben 10: Why ‘World Hates’ French Presidential Candidate’s Older Wife

Harare – He is 39. She is 64. In this part of Africa, marrying an older wife is an ‘abomination’. Actually, culture is against the custom,...

Harare – He is 39. She is 64. In this part of Africa, marrying an older wife is an ‘abomination’.

Actually, culture is against the custom, it might attract excommunication from the clan. Ben 10 is a moniker reserved for the groom in this unusual union – derived from the movie by the same title.

Derick Matsengarwodzi
Far off in France, that culture is being heavily contested. The marriage of French Presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron (39) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (64) could tilt the tittle of first lady.
Their 25-year-old Gap has Caused a Stir

At 16, Macron vowed to marry her former high school drama teacher – 25 years her senior – a mother of three then. His family tried in vain to thwart the love affair. The father ordered Brigitte to stay away from his son until he turned 18 – obvious she did not listen.

French tabloids and magazines are on steroids over the story, however the couple have hit back hard at critics.

To inflict more injury, the couple has been photographed kissing and embracing during the campaigns.

According to the Mirror, Macron said his wife would play a major role as France’s first lady if elected. He quit the Socialist Party to run for president and founded the party En Marche! in April last year.

The May-December romance blossomed as Trogneux taught Macron when he was a 15-year-old student at a Jesuit college in Amiens.

Last year she told a documentary that: “I didn’t think it would go very far. I thought he would get bored. We wrote, and little by little I was totally overcome by the intelligence of this boy.”

She added: “Bit by bit, he defeated all my resistance, in an amazing way, with patience.” The couple married in 2007.

The presidential hopeful, who will become France’s youngest president ever attacked his detractors.

“Nobody would call it unusual if the age difference was reversed. People find it difficult to accept something that is sincere and unique.”

History is awash with men attracted to older women.

When Demi Moore married Ashton Kutcher – there was a 15 year age difference. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are separated by 25 years.

A 2006 study by Sandra Caron of famous couples with the wife a decade or older, the wives admitted to certain insecurity about aging and victimised by other women.

“Couples with younger husbands violate social norms and thus suffer from social sanctions,” says Sven Drefahl of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

“Since marrying a younger husband deviates from what is regarded as normal, these couples could be regarded as outsiders and receive less social support. This could result in a less joyful and more stressful life, reduced health, and finally, increased mortality.”

Marriages with an older wife are likely to be troubled. Divorce is more likely in marriages with an older wife, probably because society does not welcome such union.

A Canadian study says: “Divorce rates are lowest when the husband is two to ten years older than the wife or when the magnitude of their age difference is extremely large.” – Online Sources

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