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With one tweet, Hollande's ex puts pressure on Mexico trip

Published on Apr 10, 2014 5:05 PM

PARIS (AFP) - The French leader's jilted ex-girlfriend has stepped back into the limelight with a tweet urging Paris to help a woman who says her Mexican ex-husband abducted their children, just as President Francois Hollande visits Mexico.

Ms Valerie Trierweiler, a glamorous journalist, had been keeping a low profile since she was dumped by the president earlier this year following revelations he had been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

But just as Mr Hollande flew to Mexico on Wednesday for a trip aimed at renewing strained relations between the two countries, the 49-year-old tweeted her support for Ms Maude Versini "who has not seen her three children for 847 days, held by their father in Mexico."

"Let's help her. @francediplo must act," she said in the tweet, referring to the name of the Twitter account of France's foreign ministry.

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