Thursday 23 November 2017

An affair shouldn't always have to mean the end of the marriage

Maybe the French have the right idea -- we should forgive and forget, says Allison Pearson

Francois Hollande and his companion Valerie Trierweiler
Francois Hollande and his companion Valerie Trierweiler

Allison Pearson

Could there possibly be a simple explanation for the predicament in which President Francois Hollande finds himself? France's First Lady, Valerie Trierweiler, and Hollande's alleged mistress Julie Gayet are uncannily alike.

Same neat nose, same hair, same shape eyes, same porcelain complexion. In certain pictures, they could be sisters or even the same woman.

During a reception at the Elysee Palace, the short-sighted president might have put his glasses down and wandered over to give Valerie an affectionate squeeze only to discover that the First Lady was, oops, the Second Lady.

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