How gay is France?


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The name Emmanuel Macron may not be familiar yet to British readers, he is the currently leading candidate in the forthcoming Presidential Election in France. He is married to his former high school teacher, but has been forced to deny he is involved in a gay extramarital affair.

He took the lead in the opinion polls two weeks ago after his conservative rival, Fançois Fillon, became embroiled in a scandal centring on alleged misuse of public funds to pay his British wife for a job for which she allegedly did no work.

Mr Macron appeared on Monday at a local Paris meeting of activists from his On the Move movement and laughed off the persistent rumours of a homosexual relationship with Radio France chief executive Mathieu Gallet. “If you’re told I lead a double life with Mr Gallet it’s because my hologram has escaped,” he said, referring to a rival candidate making an appearance as a hologram at a rally last weekend.

Mr Macron has previously dismissed claims he is gay, but his latest comments may have been sparked by a report in the Russian government controlled news site Sputnik in which a French MP from Mr Fillon’s Les Républicains party said he was backed by a “gay lobby”.