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France's spurned ex-first lady Valerie Trierweiler attacked for kiss-and-tell book

Published on Sep 4, 2014 5:08 PM
(From left) France's former first lady Valerie Trierweiler, President Francois Hollande and actress Julie Gayet. -- PHOTOS: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - France's former first lady Valerie Trierweiler was roundly attacked Thursday for her kiss-and-tell book about her acrimonious split with President Francois Hollande after his affair with an actress.

The surprise memoir, which hit bookstands on Thursday and in which she recounts her stormy relationship with Hollande, was described as "outrageous" by Prime Minister Manuel Valls and a "dishonour for France" by right-wing leader Marine Le Pen, usually a trenchant critic of Hollande.

Hollande's previous partner Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children whom he left for Trierweiler, also shot down as "rubbish" the book's claim that Hollande - who became France's first Socialist president in nearly two decades when he was elected 2012 - secretly despised the poor.

In the book, entitled "Thank You For The Moment", Trierweiler says she tried to commit suicide in the presidential bedroom with an overdose of sleeping pills after news of Hollande's affair with actress Julie Gayet broke in January.

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