Valérie Trierweiler and Ségolène Royal: Things We Might Consider.
A Bit of Recent History.
Some of the English-speaking media seem to think that the ‘affaire’ surrounding François Hollande’s relations with Julie Gayet is a rare example of a French Politician’s private life being brought out in public.
Plenty of articles have shown that this is not true, though it may well have been true during the Mitterrand years.
But not for a long long time.
One has less sympathy for Valérie Trierweiler when we look at some of her own past.
Entre deux Feu (2012) covered -in great detail – Hollande’s early relations with Trierweiler, and the (to say the least) thorny relations between her and Hollande’s former partner, Ségolène Royal (Parti Socialiste Presidential candidate in 2007) – the mother of his four children.
Then there was this last year:
Miss Trierweiler sparked a political storm last week with a Twitter message in which she wished “good luck” to the Socialist dissident rival of Miss Royal, 58, the mother of President François Hollande’s four children, in last Sunday’s parliamentary elections.
While Miss Trierweiler was initially defiant about the tweet, she admitted on Wednesday that she “made a mistake” after Miss Royal was comprehensively defeated. Mr Hollande was reportedly “furious”, letting her know “it can never happen again”.
Miss Royal had already said she was “wounded” by the “violent blow” from Miss Trierweiler.
But today she went much further, claiming that Miss Trierweiler had been angling behind the scenes to undermine her political career for years, ever since starting a relationship with her ex-partner.
He won with 62,97 % of the vote.
There’s plenty more to say.
This perhaps explains why Trierweiler does not evoke universal sympathy – no more than Hollande for that matter.
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