Editor's note: French President Emmanuel Macron is in Washington this week for a state visit, but he's been making headlines for more than his political success.At 65, Macron's wife Brigitte is 24 years older than him.It was Fred who visited her on a regular basis and saw to it that she had what she needed during her recuperation. But Marla's flaw seemed to be that she was only five years older—and for Fred, that still wasn't enough to produce the kind of emotional maturity and depth for which he searched. Maybe not all the time, but a lot more often than younger women.After his relationship with Gretchen ended, Fred tried dating girls in their early twenties. After a year or so of taking a "time-out," Fred met Lynne. Fred's respect and appreciation of older women was clear when he spoke:"The way mature women carry themselves shows they know who they are. They are all-around much more attractive to me."Also, they are much more experienced with life.Recently, this woman underwent major surgery and it was her ex-boyfriend Fred, not the woman's current older boyfriend, who was by her side.
They were able to see things in me that I could not see in myself.We've made our position known and shared the thoughts and experiences of the women to whom we talked. One important question we asked was what they felt an older woman has to offer.Here are some answers which are clear, articulate and to the point.I think younger women are sometimes too focused on starting families and that is rarely an issue with older women. They are not just looking for guys who will be good fathers and providers. I enjoy a confident attitude and older women definitely have the upper hand in that area.""When I meet a woman over 30, she's usually very clear and focused.She knows what she wants in life and it makes being with her so much easier.I look at a lot of my friends who have girlfriends their age and younger and the problems they have strike me as ridiculous. I don't have time for that behavior—that's why I like mature women." "She was very beautiful and caring and we had similar interests.She offered me the opportunity to see another perspective on a lot of different issues. She made me realize how important I could be in making someone else happy.The French president has been vocal about the attention his marriage has received, saying the criticism stems from sexism."If I was 20 years older than my wife, nobody would think for a single second that we couldn't be legitimately together," Macron has said.I wasn't looking for an older woman and Karolina wasn't looking for a younger man, but it just happened.(I was 39 and she was 55 then.) Our relationship is unique, because it's not just built on sex, but on trust, respect and love.