Emmanuel Macron talks about his grandmother Manette and her “selfless love”
The Head of State was questioned about his personal and family life in “Les Rencontres du Papotin”, a France 2 program.
“You took me to places where I hadn’t been in other interviews with other journalists.” Emmanuel Macron was the guest of the “Rencontres du Papotin” – broadcast on Saturday on France 2 – answering questions from journalists with autism spectrum disorders. His personal and family life was one of the main topics.
Sébastien had a very precise and direct question: “Do you miss Manette?”. Manette is the nickname he gave to Germaine Noguès, his maternal grandmother. The teacher, who died in 2013, was a confidante, a compass for the head of state who often evokes his memory, even during his meetings when he was running for the Elysée. In 2021, during a trip to the Somme, he visited the elementary school of Poix-de-Picardie, an establishment that Manette directed for 23 years.
“She never expected anything in return”
“How do you know her”, responds first Emmanuel Macron , somewhat surprised. “It’s your grandmother”, says his interlocutor before talking about his great-grandfather, who died in 2021, whom he knew as a child and a teenager. “Do you miss Manette?”, relaunches the atypical journalist from Papotin. “Yes because she took care of me a lot. When I was little, then a teenager, like your great-grandfather. It was selfless love. She gave me her love and her time and I don’t think she ever expected anything in return. As soon as you do something there is a weird thing that happens, you know that someone is worried about you.
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“Yes, I miss her because she took care of me a lot. »
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Jérôme, another journalist from Papotin, says he chose to live with his mother, to whom he is very attached. “I am lucky to still have my two parents, explains Emmanuel Macron. I don’t talk about them often, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care about them immensely. My mother is in Paris, my father in Amiens. Their names are Françoise and Jean-Michel”.
Another interlocutor questions him about his greatest fear as President of the Republic, then as a man. To the latter, he replies: the disappearance of his relatives. “Losing a loved one. Losing my loved ones, the people who are dear to me”.
Launched in September 2022, proposed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, “Les Rencontres du Papotin”, a magazine of atypical interviews, takes up the DNA of Papotin, a newspaper created in 1990, whose editorial staff is made up of journalists, non-professionals, affected of autism spectrum disorders. An interview without filter with the rule: “At Papotin we can say everything”.
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