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French journalist sacked over criticism of first lady

ONE of France's best known journalists has been sacked for writing too many "offensive" articles about Valerie Trierweiler, the new first lady, it was claimed yesterday.

Philippe Sollers, who has written for 'Le Journal du Dimanche' for 13 years, wrote an article that attacked Ms Trierweiler's controversial Twitter message that provoked political outrage in France.

Ms Trierweiler, the partner of President Francois Hollande, tweeted her personal support for a rival of his former lover Segolene Royal for a seat in parliament. Ms Royal subsequently lost.

Mr Sollers (76) has criticised Ms Trierweiler in several articles. On Sunday, he wrote: "It's a dagger blow administered by the first 'blade' of France. The elections, the euro crisis, the massacres in Syria, the taxes to come, the slow march of National Front, they are all nothing compared to that tweet." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent