What many people are asking is why Brigitte Macron is going to law at all to suppress so ludicrous a fabrication. Did Elvis’s relatives file suit when told he was alive and well, having been spotted eating ham and grits in a Memphis roadhouse?
Filing suit before the courts can give the impression to the conspiracy-minded that there is indeed something to suppress. Otherwise, why would they be taking it so seriously?
But in truth there is no evidence that anyone – beyond a handful of idiots – regards the Brigitte transgender story as plausible.
Journalists and internauts alike can overstate the importance of internet traffic. So the story got a lot of hits? That doesn’t mean anyone actually believed it.
And as Le Monde pointed out, France’s conspiracy theorists have other fish to fry. They are currently obsessing about the approaching election, and how it might or might not be fixed by the “establishment”.
For bona fide QAnon believers, the Brigitte story is at best a distraction, at worst a plant so unbelievable that its real purpose can only be to discredit them. Aha! Another conspiracy theory!