Another memoir could be about to provide President Hollande with an embarrassing few days. This one is from his former partner, Valérie Trierweiler.
In case you need the background briefing, Trierweiler was the president’s girlfriend until earlier this year. Things came to a sudden halt after Closer magazine published allegations about the president’s relationship with French actress, Julie Gayet. Trierweiler was admitted to a hospital suffering from shock and, not long afterwards, the official separation of the president and France’s ‘premiere dame’ was made official.
Trierweiler is a former journalist, so it’s no big surprise that documenting her experience might come naturally.
In January, she said in an interview with Le Parisien magazine that life in the Elysée Palace had been difficult. “At a certain point, you don’t have a life any more” she said. “We experienced power in different ways. It destroyed something. I would have preferred a normal life and perhaps we would still be together today,” she said.
One French journalist, who has presumably seen the book, called “Merci pour ce moment”, has already tweeted to say that “Francois Hollande is not spared” in the new book. Thursday is the day of publication.
This all follows a book two weeks ago by former housing minister Cecile Duflot, in which she claimed that by seeking to be the president for everyone, Hollande had ended up as “president of no-one”.
One thing in the president’s favour: this is France. The comments by Trierweiler are likely to be treated by the media as a bit beneath them, thus saving Hollande too much embarrassment. Let’s see.