|French president, François Hollande.|
Never mind about unemployment rates, taxes, a general malaise and rampant pessimism — it’s possible, alleged, maybe, could be, might be true that French president, François Hollande, has a new mistress.
The never married socialist politician has nevertheless fathered several children and has been involved with some very attractive, high-profile women.
A refresher, in order of their appearance in his life, for those of you who may have other concerns to occupy your attention:
|Segolene Royal, above and below.|
1.) Segolene Royal, 60, herself a politician and former presidential candidate. Monsieur Hollande and Madame Royal have four children together.
|Anne Hidalgo, above and below.|
2.) Anne Hidalgo, 54, première adjointe to the present mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, and current candidate for his job.
3.) Valerie Trierweiler, 48, political journalist with Paris Match, and until we hear differently, France’s Première Dame.
|Julie Gayet, above and below.|
4.) Julie Gayet, 41, actress.
As you can see by the chronological order above, Madame Gayet is maybe President Hollande’s latest love interest. Royal has never been married; Hidalgo is divorced and remarried and has three children; Trierweiler is twice divorced and has three children; and Gayet is married with two children.
A well connected French political journalist told me that “everyone in the press corps and politicians on both sides of the aisle” believe that the French president also fathered another child.
French privacy laws are protective and strict. News outlets that discuss what is considered inappropriate comments about one’s life — no matter how public that person may be — can face serious fines.
The original story was printed in the Italian owned magazine, Closer, whose editors sent out a bevy of photographers near an apartment where the alleged trysts transpired.
Television stations assigned reporters to do the classic “on-the-street” interviews asking Parisians what they thought about the story. Without exception, men and women, all said the president’s private life should remain private. Several said they thought the report was “not interesting.”
The real story here is that the report ever surfaced. Perhaps, something the French fear, the press in this country is becoming more like the “Anglo-Saxons” who pillar politicians for their dalliances. The longhistoireof former president, Francois Mitterrand, with his mistress Anne Pingeot, and the daughter they had together was well-known by the press and beyond. But again, the public didn’t seem to be concerned by the fact their taxes paid for the housing and protection of his “second family.”
As long as a leader effectively performs his elected duties the French maintain, “where’s the problem?”
A few minutes ago, the Elysée Palace, the president’s official residence, released a statement declaring that Valerie Trierweiler, whom the French have never clasped to their collective bosom, had been admitted to a hospital with “extreme exhaustion.”