Wednesday 17 January 2018

First lady sues over claims of affairs with two men

Henry Samuel Paris

Valerie Trierweiler, the French first lady, has taken two authors to court for "violating her private life" in a book claiming that she was simultaneously the mistress of Francois Hollande and a former right-wing minister while still married.

The biography, called 'La Frondeuse' ('The Troublemaker'), claims she was in relationships with Mr Hollande (58) and the former conservative minister Patrick Devedjian, now 68, while she was still married to Denis Trierweiler nine years ago.

Both men were aware they were "sharing" Ms Trierweiler (47), but when Mr Devedjian refused to leave his wife, she chose Mr Hollande over him, before finally divorcing her husband in 2010, the book claims.

Mr Hollande was still with Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children, at the time of the four-year-long affair, it alleges.

Ms Trierweiler has demanded €40,000 in damages for invasion of privacy from the authors Christophe Jakubyszyn and Alix Bouilhaguet, TV journalists who were both in court.

Mr Jakubyszyn said the book was not intended to draw up a "sentimental CV" of the first lady's life and that the passage concerning her double affair was only added right at the end.

"It didn't really interest us," he said, adding: "There was no intention to harm."

He reminded the court that the book included a denial from Mr Devedjian that such a relationship had existed, but admitted he had not put the question to Ms Trierweiler.

Mr Devedjian, also a plaintiff, is seeking €100,000.

The weekly magazine 'Point de Vue' was also charged with running an interview with Mr Jakubyszyn. Ms Trierweiler is seeking a €70,000 split between the magazine and Mr Jakubyszyn, while Mr Devedjian demanded €40,000 from the pair. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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