Impressive, by English standards, but it has to be said that the rather less racy reality – as presented by the Macrons and those close to them – is perhaps far too monogamous, and probably a little too Mills and Boon to qualify Mr Macron for the Panthéon of French presidential greats.So far, Macron would struggle to beat even the Elysée’s current occupant, Francois Hollande, whose policies were hardly a roaring success but who added greatly to the jollity of the nation by being photographed, face hidden behind his scooter helmet, visiting the apartment of an actress 17 years his junior.This is apparently due to pre-existing treaties which mean that citizens of these countries must abide by certain of their own laws while in France.At the time of writing, in 2014, various challenges were under way but success is not in sight.Getting married in France Getting legally married in France is only possible through a civil ceremony which takes place at the council offices ().The couple can then follow this with a religious ceremony, a secular service, or whatever celebration they choose, in a destination of their choice.This is the case for both heterosexual and same-sex couples.Same-sex marriage was legalised in France in 2013, and the procedures and ceremonies are nearly identical to those for a heterosexual marriage. Same-sex marriage Citizens of 11 countries (Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Kosovo, Laos, Morocco, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia and Tunisia) cannot enter into a same-sex marriage in France.
Non-French citizens are entitled to be married in France, but divorcees and widows must wait 300 days after their divorce or the death of their spouse before being allowed to remarry (in case of pregnancy).
A survey conducted across 40 countries last year, by the Pew Research Centre, USA, found that 62% of Indians had no issues indulging in extramarital affairs.
It is no surprise then, that several Indian users seem to have contributed to making a French website — which provocatively calls itself “the first extramarital dating site made by women” — a virtual hit. “You can meet married or attached men and women from all over the world,” it says, while asking the user to “be honest about your marital status.” The irony couldn’t be more palpable.
We do know, however, that they own a place in Touquet in northern France where they got married in 2007.
French media reports that the couple often escapes to their country home when not on duty in Paris.