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Scorned former first lady in Hollande kiss-and-tell

Published on Sep 4, 2014 2:44 AM

PARIS (AFP) - A heated passion, a tumultuous break-up and a desperate bid at reconciliation: for the first time, France's former first lady spills the beans about her tempestuous relationship with President Francois Hollande.

In a kiss-and-tell memoir, written in the utmost secrecy and printed in Germany to avoid any leaks, Valerie Trierweiler charts the highs and lows of her time with Hollande, whose popularity is already at historic lows and who could suffer further embarrassment from the new revelations.

In extracts published on Wednesday by glossy magazine Paris-Match and daily Le Monde, Trierweiler describes the bust-up in the presidential bedroom when news broke in January of Hollande's affair with actress Julie Gayet.

"I crack up. I don't want to hear that, I rush into the bathroom. I grab the little plastic bag with the sleeping pills," she recounts in an episode run in the weekly magazine. "Francois follows me. He tries to snatch the bag... The pills spill over the bed and on the ground... I swallow what I can. I want to sleep. I don't want to live through the coming hours... I lost consciousness."

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