Hollande’s love life
Valerie Trierweiler jealous over Ségolène Royal
FRANCOIS Hollande’s girlfriend is jealous of his ex-partner, according to reports in France, just a week after the new First Couple took up residence in the Elysée Palace.
Valerie Trierweiler is reportedly insecure about the role of Ségolène Royal, the president’s former partner, mother of their four children and leading Socialist Party figure.
Miss Royal and Mr Hollande last presented themselves as a couple when Miss Royal ran for president in 2007, where she lost out to Nicolas Sarkozy. It was later revealed the couple had split two years before, only joining forces for campaign appearances.
Despite apparently strained relations between Mr Hollande and his former partner, Miss Trierweiler, 47, remains suspicious.
“Ségolène Royal remains the object of profound and irrational jealousy,” writes the Right-leaning French weekly, l’Express.
In one cited example, Miss Trierweiler reportedly sent an angry text message to the author of a report by Paris Match, which had referred to the son of the “Royal-Hollande couple”.
Miss Trierweiler, who is France’s first unmarried first lady with three children from a previous marriage, wrote: “Of the ex-couple, Royal-Hollande! What game are you playing?” according the French weekly, Le Canard Enchainé.
Miss Trierweiler, who has built a career on political reporting, has been credited with putting Mr Hollande on a diet and helping pave his presidential rise to power.
But when it comes to Miss Royal, the l’Express report this week claims Miss Trierweiler’s sometimes steely behaviour has burdened the working relationship between Miss Royal and Mr Hollande, with “a private jealousy that complicates political relations”.
The weekly goes on to describe how Mr Hollande’s election campaign team was forced to carefully choreograph the first public Royal-Hollande meeting, in order to appease an edgy Miss Trierweiler, “to the point where it became a question of editing out the Royal-Hollande photo,” planned for the event.
“With Valérie, everything that concerns Ségolène is out of the rational domain,” said an anonymous source close to the couple, according to l’Express. “It’s almost impossible to talk about the topic in front of her, even from a purely political angle.”
Miss Royale was also unexpectedly absent from Mr Hollande’s swearing-in ceremony, even though she fills an active political role within the Socialist Party, and hopes to be made president of the National Assembly if the Socialists win a majority in legislative elections in June.