The wife of French President Emmanuel Macron plans to take legal action against an outlet for an online campaign that alleged that she was born a man.

Brigitte Macron plans to strike back after a conspiracy theory that was authored by Natasha Rey on Facebook. Rey backed the whole allegation up with family photos and supposed civil status documents.

The online campaign started in March via Facebook and spread only in mid-October. This was after a far-right outlet published an article on the supposed “mystery of Brigette Macron.”

The report narrates how Brigitte Macron was a transgender woman whose name at birth was Jean-Michel Trogneux. The campaign has gained traction the past week via the hashtag, #JeanMichelTrogneux.

According to InVid's latest count, the hashtag has so far generated 68,300 retweets and over 174,000 likes.

The planned lawsuit was confirmed no less by the 68-year-old’s lawyer Jean Ennochi told AFP.

“She has decided to start procedures, it’s in process,” Ennochi stated.

The timing comes at a time when Emmanuel Macron is up for re-election in April. As of this writing, the current French leader has yet to officially declare if he will be running.

Emmanuel met Brigitte when he was only 15. At that time, she was 40-years-old and worked as a drama class teacher.

It is also not the first time that the power couple has faced accusations about their relationship. During Macron’s successful 2017 campaign for office, he was forced to deny claims that he had a gay affair.

Such campaigns are also nothing new. Several female politicians have already been subjected to them.

This includes former United States First Lady Michelle Obama, current US Vice President Kamala Harris and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The measure is normally spread in the same as other rumors. The campaign on misleading interpretation is based on photos zoomed in on different parts of the body followed by an invention of hidden history.

French President's wife Brigitte Macron
French President's wife Brigitte Macron Getty Images | THOMAS SAMSON/AFP

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