France's first lady 'worried she will be left homeless'
Published 20/01/2014 | 02:30
Valerie Trierweiler has told friends she fears being left homeless if she and Francois Hollande separate, as the French president claims he needs "more time" before deciding whether their relationship is finished.
Last night, Ms Trierweiler (48) was at the Pavillon de la Lanterne -- a presidential retreat in Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris -- having agreed with Mr Hollande that she could recuperate there.
"He apparently said to her that he needed 'more time'," wrote Catherine Schwaab, deputy editor of 'Paris Match', in the glossy magazine for which Ms Trierweiler also works.
"They agreed that she could 'wait' in La Lanterne. But wait for what? Therein lies the problem."
The apartment which the couple shared before Mr Hollande's 2012 election, in Paris's central 15th arrondissement, is reportedly in Mr Hollande's name.
"Would it still be her home? You can imagine the worry," Ms Schwaab said.
Unsure of her future and devastated at the story of Mr Hollande's alleged affair, Ms Trierweiler was taken to hospital 10 days ago suffering "a severe case of the blues".
She was said to have regained her strength with the help of jambon-coquillettes -- macaroni cheese with ham -- and visits from her three children and her mother.
'Paris Match' said she had watched Mr Hollande's press conference on Tuesday and was "disappointed" that he failed to back her publicly.
In her first public comment since the news of her partner's affair broke she thanked the public on Saturday night for their support. "Thanks from the bottom of my heart to all those who sent supportive or get well messages via Twitter, SMS or email. Very touched," she said.
Mr Hollande (59) is under intense pressure to clear up his personal life after allegations about his affair with Julie Gayet, a 41-year-old actress, were splashed across the front page of Closer magazine on January 10.
He said he we would "clarify" the situation before his official trip to the US next month, but sources close to the president and to his official partner are predicting their relationship is over. (© Daily Telegraph, London)