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€3m bill after French first lady 'smashes office'


 Valerie Trierweiler. Photo: Reuters

Valerie Trierweiler. Photo: Reuters

Valerie Trierweiler. Photo: Reuters

FRANCE's first lady allegedly caused €3m worth of damage to the office of her husband President Francois Hollande when she discovered he was cheating on her.

It has been alleged that Valerie Trierweiler (48) went on a rampage in Mr Hollande's office after a French magazine revealed he had been sleeping with actress Julie Gayet.

The damaged items were said to have included a Sevres porcelain case dating back more than 200 years to the reign of former King of France and Navarre Louis XVI.

The French edition of Closer magazine has published a story with the headline: 'The truth behind the clean-up which cost the state €3m'.

It also suggested that Ms Trierweiler was driven into the rampage by her 'enemies', one of whom claimed that she "always puts her emotions first".

A spokesman from Mobilier National, the office responsible for the French president's furniture at the Elysee Palace, denied the rumours that Ms Trierweiler had caused any damage.

The latest twist in the French soap opera comes as Mr Hollande was told to come to a decision about his and Ms Trierweiler's future.

The alleged incident happened eight days after the first lady was admitted to a public hospital due to stress, after images of Mr Hollande were published as he paid a visit to the apartment of actress Julie Gayet.

Ms Trierweiler is now staying in La Lanterne, the luxury presidential home situated in Versailles, to the west of Paris.

She has spent her time at the house enjoying a heated swimming pool, a cordon bleu kitchen and one of the best-stocked wine cellars in France.

It was also claimed that Ms Trierweiler is determined to travel to Washington DC with her husband next month, even though Mr Hollande is said to want a formal separation.


Meanwhile, sources said Ms Gayet has already held a party for close friends to celebrate her new relationship with Mr Hollande.

A picture of the actress, who has appeared in more than 50 French films, was on the cover of the latest edition of Paris Match magazine.