Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


Article excerpt

At first, it seemed that French politics

were becoming a little dull with the

election of François Hollande. Now, things

look more promising. The new president

seems to be locked in a love triangle, offering

apparently limitless potential for romantic


His girlfriend is the television journalist

Valerie Trierweiler -- who has promised to

remain politically neutral in her broadcasts,

despite sleeping with the president. The

other woman in Hollande's life is the former

presidential candidate Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children and, in effect, his ex-wife - although they never married, regarding the institution as bourgeois.

This week, Mr Hollande asked his fellow S ocialists to vote for Segolene in her constituency. …

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