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    French news agency reports Francois Hollande has ended relationship with first lady after affair rumours | CTV News

    C'est fini: Francois Hollande ends relationship with French first lady

    This Sunday May 6, 2012 file photo shows French president-elect Francois Hollande and his companion Valerie Trierweiler celebrating his election victory in Bastille Square in Paris, France. A French news agency has reported that President Francois Hollande has ended his relationship with his companion of seven years Valerie Trierweiler. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

    Greg Keller and Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press
    Published Saturday, January 25, 2014 1:27PM EST
    Last Updated Saturday, January 25, 2014 3:07PM EST



    PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande has split with the country's first lady two weeks after a tabloid reported that the leader was having an affair with an actress, an official said Saturday.

    A presidential aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the matter, confirmed that Hollande ended his seven-year relationship with Valerie Trierweiler.

    The breakup was first reported by French news agency Agence France Presse, which said Hollande told it in a telephone conversation Saturday evening that "I make it known that I have put an end" to the relationship with Trierweiler.


    Hollande, who has four children with former presidential candidate Segolene Royal, told the news agency that he was speaking in a personal capacity and not as head of state.

    He and Trierweiler have lived together since 2007, and while they're unmarried, Trierweiler occupied the so-called madame wing of the presidential palace, travelled abroad with Hollande and functioned as the first lady.

    Hollande had dodged questions about Trierweiler's status since a Jan. 14 news conference at which he refused to say whether the 48-year-old journalist was still the first lady.

    Those questions surged to the front pages of the world's newspapers after Closer magazine reported that 59-year-old Hollande was having an affair with Julie Gayet, a 41-year-old actress. The magazine published photos showing a man it said was the president, wearing a helmet and seated on the back of a scooter, allegedly being taken to a rendezvous with Gayet.

    Trierweiler checked into a hospital for a weeklong stay after the tabloid's report about the affair, during which suspense continued to build over the next twist in the love triangle.

    Hollande promised at his news conference to clear up confusion over the identity of his first lady before a scheduled Feb. 11 state visit to the U.S.

    A Hollande biographer said the public disintegration of his relationship with Trierweiler had to be very difficult on him.

    Hollande is "someone who is totally modest and reserved, so to go through this in public must be terrible for him," said Serge Raffy, whose 2012 biography "The President" was published shortly after Hollande was elected.

    After Trierweiler's hospital stay, she spent several days to rest at a presidential residence in the formal royal haunt of Versailles.

    The president and Trierweiler are both scheduled to spend several days abroad. She is headed on a humanitarian trip to India on Sunday and Hollande is travelling to Turkey on an official visit Monday.

    Hollande remains one of the most unpopular presidents in French history, but his approval ratings were nearly unchanged after news his relationship was on the rocks began to spread.

    It wasn't clear what security detail Trierweiler might have in India. Her spokesman, Patrice Biancone, didn't respond to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press.

    The affair has led to much hand-wringing in the French media about whether the country's famous laissez-faire attitude about presidential infidelities was breaking down, as well as a debate over the border between a president's public and private life.

    A spokesman for parliamentary Socialists, Thierry Mandon, said on BFM TV that France doesn't need a first lady.

    "We're not in a traditionally Anglo-Saxon country where the private life is dramatized, like in England or even more so in the United States," Mandon said. "We're in a republic, and in a republic those with legitimacy are those who've been elected."

    On the streets of Paris, opinions were divided over how to view Hollande's breakup.

    "He hid that from us. What else is he hiding?" restaurant cook Herve Charriere said.

    Clara Rosenbois, a 23-year-old law student, was more forgiving of the president.

    "I find it honest to clarify and at last make a decision like a man," Rosenbois said. "He should act the same way in politics, in an upright manner."

    French news agency reports Francois Hollande has ended relationship with first lady after affair rumours | CTV News

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    Ah, another douchebag.

    O. Wait. Isn't douche a word of French origin?

    How apropos.

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    Segoline Royal couldn't be reached for comment. Well, she could, but the papers couldn't print it


    Trierwieler is off the wall, but he does really owe his position to her in many ways. Her biased journalism for him helped put him over.
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    I thought that the French didn't care about such things? Didn't Francois Mitterand's mistress show up at his funeral WITH his wife, or something to that effect.
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    Surely you don't think all French women are doormats, BITTER?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZabriskiePoint View Post
    Surely you don't think all French women are doormats, BITTER?
    LOL, of course not. But during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, some members of the French press derided the American press and our culture in general because of the virulent reaction to our discovery and subsequent handling of the scandal...it was stated that the French were more tolerant of such behavior.
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    They are. I don't know that the French population is that shocked, they're amused at the whole thing if anything. And wondering how Hollande managed to score Julie Gayet
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    Didn't Hollande also criticize Sarkozy for similar behaviour?

    Pot, kettle, peen.

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    I cant speak for all French,the ones i talk with are amused and do some light gossip.Mostly middle aged women like that Valerie got hers,she did this to Segolene Royal a decade ago!My take on this is that certainly power is a strong chick magnet!I mean,look at this dude.Looks like a school teacher suffering from chronic constipation.Yet,he has some beautiful,smart,educated women,with their own money and jobs running after him..

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    At least you can have the vapours in lots of different palaces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    I thought that the French didn't care about such things? Didn't Francois Mitterand's mistress show up at his funeral WITH his wife, or something to that effect.
    Mitterand had a daughter with his mistress. I think if there hadn't been a child, the mistress might not have been standing next to the wife at the funeral.
    Relationships are different. I think Hillary probably knew about Bill's philandering, but tolerated it. Just like Danielle Mitterand tolerated her husband's mistress. Valerie would not tolerate Hollande stepping out, and so it becomes gossip.

    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    LOL, of course not. But during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, some members of the French press derided the American press and our culture in general because of the virulent reaction to our discovery and subsequent handling of the scandal...it was stated that the French were more tolerant of such behavior.
    There is quite a difference between light gossip and a full blown impeachment.

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    Yeah, I can remember being shocked by Clinton's impeachment. I mean, yes, he lied about getting it on with his intern, but I had a hard time imagining who wouldn't, good president or no. I wasn't a Clinton fan, but the whole thing seemed like way too much hubub over a little head in the oval office.
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    French president's former lover 'threatens to publish his private text messages' | Mail Online

    French president's former lover 'threatens to publish his private text messages to prove he made fun of the poor'
    • Valerie Trierweiler accused French President of disliking poor in her book
    • She has reportedly told friends of her willingness to make public his texts
    • He allegedly used phrase 'les sans dents' ('toothless ones') to label poor
    • François Hollande ended his seven-year relationship with her in January

    By Mark Duell for MailOnline
    Published: 07:55 EST, 14 September 2014 | Updated: 11:56 EST, 14 September 2014


    Together: Francois Hollande (left) and Valerie Trierweiler (right) last year, before their split

    Valerie Trierweiler has threatened to publish her former partner François Hollande’s private text messages to her to prove he had made fun of the poor, it was revealed today.

    The jilted 49-year-old author has accused the French President of disliking the poor in a tell-all book called Merci Pour Ce Moment (Thank You For This Moment), which its publisher said is one of the decade's top best-sellers.

    And, according to The Sunday Times, Miss Trierweiler has told friends of her willingness to make public his texts, to prove in court his mockery of ‘les sans dents’ (‘the toothless ones’) - a phrase he allegedly used to label the poor.

    In her book, she said of him: ‘He presented himself as a man who disliked the rich. In reality, the president doesn't like the poor. In private, this man - the left-winger - calls them “the toothless” and is so pleased at how funny he is.’

    The Socialist ended his seven-year relationship with Miss Trierweiler after his affair with actress Julie Gayet, 42, came to light in January.

    Earlier this month at the Nato summit in Newport, south Wales, Mr Hollande insisted he was entirely devoted to helping the poor.

    He said: ‘I won't allow to be brought into question something I have stood for all my life... and notably the human relationship I have with the weakest, the most modest, the humblest, the poorest, because I am here to serve them and they are my reason for existence.’

    Mr Hollande, 60, has also denied her claims that he called the poor 'les sans-dents'.

    But Miss Trierweiler’s book, which shot to the top of the Amazon.fr French bestseller list and was quickly out of stock in many bookstores, has been further undermining the President's image.


    Very popular read: Miss Trierweiler's book shot to the top of the Amazon.fr French bestseller list

    This has already been damaged by broken promises to turn around joblessness and the stagnating economy.

    And last Thursday, a poll showed nearly two thirds of French voters would like to see their deeply unpopular Mr Hollande resign before the end of his term in 2017.

    'He presented himself as a man who disliked the rich. In reality, the president doesn't like the poor. In private, this man - the left-winger - calls them “the toothless” and is so pleased at how funny he is'
    Valerie Trierweiler
    The IFOP/Le Figaro magazine survey showed that 62 per cent of respondents wanted him to quit, three years before the next scheduled presidential election.

    A quarter of Socialist voters said they wanted to see the resignation of Mr Hollande, who is the most unpopular French president since the Second World War.

    And earlier this month, a junior trade minister resigned just nine days after his appointment in a cabinet reshuffle after it emerged he had not paid income taxes for three years.

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    A quarter of Socialist voters said they wanted to see the resignation of Mr Hollande, who is the most unpopular French president since the Second World War.
    Only the French would elect an actual world war to their highest office!
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