|After and Before: Valerie Trierweiler and French president François Hollande.|
She’s back with a frenzy. The woman scorned earlier this year by French president François Hollande is on an international mission.
Valerie Trierweiler, 49, former “First Girlfriend” and author of the scathing — and best selling — bookrecounting the sweet and the sordid details of her life with Hollande is on a book tour promoting her oeuvre.
Merci Pour Ce Momentfirst appeared last September and the chatter that accompanied its publication was the first story on every television newscast. She was pictured on the cover of magazines and the book was reviewed and debated not only by the “serious” press, but also on variety shows, at dinner parties and in casual on-the-street conversations. Everyone was talking about it. However, Trierweiler was not talking about her book. She refused interviews in her own country.
|The former French First Girlfriend’s best selling book will soon be translated into 10 languages. It’s already available in English. Total: 12 languages.|
As you can imagine, this strategy enflamedthe already incendiary remarks from her peers. She was after all a former political journalist. (That’s how she met Monsieur Hollande.) They raged on and on about the fact she didn’t have the courage to have a face-a-face with them.
It seems Madame Trierweiler has nothing against the press as long as the press is not French. Her book has been bought by 11 countries (and counting) and it just arrived in British bookstores this week. To bolster her English language sales she happily granted interviews to the British press.
|Trierweiler explaining on the BBC that her book is not about “vengeance” and that French president Francois Hollande is a misogynist.|
Clearly, French television had no choice. All the French channels featured a clip of Madame Trierweiler merrily chatting with a BBC reporter, wearing a royal purple satin blouse, her signature verrry long hair undulating over her shoulders and lots of dewy crimson lipstick, recounting the tragedy of her trials and suffering as the uncaring French President frolicked with his latest paramour, actress Julie Guyet, 43. Go here for the interview.
|The other, other, other woman, Julie Guyet.|
If humans could spit fire, the newscasters here would have torched their studios. As it was, they were spitting vindictive against the woman who they believe is not only bitter, without self-respect and ridiculous, but also a traitor. They are convinced of the latter because although she claims her book was written not to hurt the president but rather to help her “heal” and “reconstruct” her life, she is at the same time criticizing the government within its pages and in interviews.
The consensus is that she is hurting her country and weakening the position of the president. The feeling is that she is providing fodder for international “French bashing.”
“Why are we talking about ‘that woman’ instead of our Nobel prize winners for literature and economics this year?” the pundits wonder. (Patrick Modiano and Jean Tirole respectively and with respect.)
As I mentioned in other posts, it has been well documented that the French public never warmed to Trierweiler, except perhaps in an abstract way one might have some pity for another publicly humiliated. She never received an outpouring of support or empathy.
|Ségolène Royal, President Hollande’s former partner and mother of four of his children. (He has another child with a prominent French politician.)|
My question would be, if as a journalist I were to be granted an interview with her: “How can youwrite a book and somehow justify your pain when it was you who blatantly and gleefully played the role of ‘the other woman’ in the split between Hollande’s long time companion, and mother of his four children, Ségolène Royal?”
If it’s true that revenge is a dish best eaten cold, Royal — if she cares about the futility of revenge — has had hers. Shortly after the breakup of Hollande and Trierweiler, she was named minister of ecology.
In the meantime, Trierweiler is about to become a millionaire we’re told. But as we all know Socialists don’t care about money.