Brigitte Macron: the first lady of France “will sue for false rumors on Twitter that she was a man” | World news
Brigitte Macron plans to take legal action following rumors circulating on Twitter that she was born as a man, according to French media.
This month, claims have spread on the social media platform that the first lady of France was born as Jean-Michel Trogneux.
The 68-year-old wife of the French president Emmanuel Macron will now prosecute the instigators of the conspiracy theory, reported the Parisian newspaper Le Figaro.
For several days in mid-December, the hashtag #JeanMichelTrogneux was in vogue in France on Twitter, according to the newspaper.
The rumor started when the right-wing journal Faits et Documents published an article in September claiming that it had conducted a three-year investigation into Ms Macron and that her theory was supported by numerous experts, French media CNews reported.
This is not the first time that prominent female politicians have been harassed by false rumors surrounding their gender.
Unfounded allegations have circulated online that former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama was born as Michael Lavaughn Robinson.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also reportedly been the victim of conspiracy theories about her gender.