|The prescient cover of Elle — May 25 — before the “rivalry” between Madame Trierweiler and Madame Royal took a nasty turn.|
Oh, la, la. . . The Tweet that rocked the world.
OK, maybe not the world, but the Tweet from French president, François Hollande’s “companion” — she hates the appellation “partner” — is the number one news story on every television channel and in all the newspapers.
|The main characters in the drama, Ségolène Royal and Valérie Trierweiler.|
The back story:
For some weeks now, even the normally discreet French press has been gingerly delving into the prickly private relationship (normal, the prickly part) between Valérie Trierweiler, the current “First Lady” and Ségolène Royal the one-time partner/companion of Hollande and mother of four of his children. (For those of you who may have forgotten, he has another child with another woman also without the complications of a marriage.)
Please do not think I am casting aspersions. I am simply taking on my role as journalist trying to be as unbiased as it is humanly possible to be. Let me add at this stage that Madame Trierweiler is also a journalist by profession. She once worked for Paris Match, at the moment it’s not clear if she continues to do so or more to the point if she can continue to do so.
|Valérie Trierweiler and President François Hollande.|
The saga that has all of Paris buzzing:
Stay with me; it’s complicated. Ségolène Royal, ever the political animal (you may recall she lost the presidential election to Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007) has re-grouped and is running for office in La Rochelle. Last Sunday was what we would call the primary vote which whittles the candidates down to two or sometimes three for the final contest this Sunday.
Madame Royal is head to head — or if this were a horse race, she’s a nose ahead — with another socialist candidate, Olivier Falorni. The “tenors” of the party, as they’re called, have vigorously demanded that Monsieur Falorni pull out of the election to give Madame Royal an unbeatable advantage. He stoically refused.
|A warm, enthusiastic greeting between François Hollande and Ségolène Royal in late 2011. . .|
Meanwhile Madame Royal, referring to her ex as “François Hollande,” has told the press that he supports her candidature which she hopes will ultimately lead to her being voted president of the National Assembly, the third most powerful post in the French republic.
You are perhaps thinking: “Fine, mildly interesting, but why is she blathering on about a banal election?”
The denouement: Valerie Trierweiler, an avid and active devotee of Twitter, Tweeted her personal support of Monsieur Falorni.
Enough said, n’est-ce pas?
Editorial Note:“It is not love that is blind, but jealousy.”Lawrence Durrell