France’s first lady, Brigitte Macron, is set to press charges after a conspiracy theory claiming she was born male gained traction on social media.
The rumour, which can be traced back to a small, extreme-Right journal article from September, falsely claims that the 68-year-old wife of Emmanuel Macron is a transgender woman who was born under the name Jean-Michel Trogneux.
How many kids does she have?
Presumably, like all proper conspiracy theories, there’s some complex explanation of that but really.
On the other hand it could just be a really marvellous joke but it’s always difficult to tell when the subject is French politics.
Ms Macron’s lawyer, Jean Ennochi, said there would be “legal action” against the instigators of the claims for libel.
Sounds like a case for Owen Jones here. As being trans is just fine then how can the suggestion be libel? Which is what folks – not Jones who was still in shorts at the time, licking sherbet dabs rather than anything else – did actually say about Jason Donovan suing for being called gay. Can’t be libellous, can it?