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France's scorned former first lady pens memoir on relationship, break-up with Hollande

Published on Sep 3, 2014 3:35 PM
 
A picture taken on May 7, 2013, in Paris, shows the French President's then partner Valerie Trierweiler in the gardens at the Elysee presidential palace. France's former first lady on Wednesday broke her silence over the tempestuous end of her relationship with President Francois Hollande, detailing her horrified reaction to the news he was having an affair. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - France's former first lady on Wednesday broke her silence over the tempestuous end of her relationship with President Francois Hollande, detailing her horrified reaction to the news he was having an affair.

In a kiss-and-tell memoir written in secret and due to be published on Thursday, Ms Valerie Trierweiler spills the beans on her relationship with Mr Hollande and the painful and sudden break-up in January after a magazine revealed his sensational affair with actress Julie Gayet.

"Everything I write is true," she says on the cover of the book, called Thank You For This Moment, which is set to do little to improve the image of Mr Hollande, already France's least popular president in history, according to opinion polls.

In extracts released on Wednesday by glossy magazine Paris-Match, the 49-year-old former journalist details the bust-up in the presidential bedroom when she realised she had been cheated.

 
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