France's First Girlfriend, who checked herself into the hospital over the weekend for “a very strong emotional shock,” is expected to spend more than a week there, the Guardian reports. Valerie Trierweiler’s "severe case of the blues" comes after Closer magazine reported rumors that President Francois Hollande, with whom she lives in the Palace Elysée, is having an affair with actress Julie Gayet. Gayet, a left-wing activist who appeared in a video supporting Hollande's 2012 campaign, has two children and is separated from her Argentinian director husband. Hollande was photographed coming and going from Gayet's apartment (on scooter, no less) at a time when even the libertine French say he ought to be busy fixing the economy.
French media tend to be more respectful of politicians' private lives than their American counterparts, but this story is particularly irresistible, in part because the tryst isn’t exactly out of character, as Trierweiler knows all too well. Hollande left his partner of 25 years, Ségolène Royal, for Trierweiler in 2007, after their own years-long affair. At the time it began, Trierweiler was a journalist covering the Socialist party and Hollande and Royal were its Bill and Hillary Clinton. Except, in their case, the female partner got to run for president first, reportedly causing resentment in the male partner, whose mistress conveniently doubled as a well-placed critic of his wife's ambitions.
But nor is a little grandiose anguish out of place chez Trierweiler, who once asked to be called the First Journalist of France, as opposed to First Lady. (The public chose another title: “First Bitch.”) In 2012, Trierweiler famously tweeted her endorsement of Royal’s opponent in a legislative race, angry that Hollande had thrown his support behind his ex-wife, who had done the same during Hollande's presidential campaign. (For the entire, incredible saga, I recommend Vanity Fair’s 2012 feature.) Since then, Trierweiler’s popularity and Hollande’s approval ratings have plummeted.
And the repetitive cycle suggests that not even Gayet is safe. At 59, Hollande could have several more destructive love triangles in him. That is, unless Trierweiler bucks up and bands together with Royal and Gayet in order to teach Hollande a lesson, like Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton in The Other Woman.
Most Viewed Stories
Elizabeth Warren Just Said What Most Women Wish They Could to Donald Trump
Blake Lively Reportedly Just Gave Birth, and You’ll Never Guess Who’s Running to the Hospital
I Tried Hillary Clinton’s Diet and Now I Sympathize With Her
Brad Pitt Fights Back Against Angelina Jolie and Her Plot to ‘Destroy’ Him
What It’s Like to Be a Female Reporter Covering Donald Trump
The Mysterious Deaths of Two Sisters in a Luxury Hotel
Prince George Has No Time for Justin Trudeau’s High Fives
Looks Like Kate Middleton Is Enjoying the View in Canada
It’s Time to Stop Writing ‘I Hope You’re Well’ in Emails
Megyn Kelly Roasts Trump’s Campaign Manager for Claiming He Doesn’t Make Sexist Comments
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Love and War FeaturesThe Novelist Disguised As a Housewife
Shirley Jackson wrote 17 books while raising four children — and she couldn't have had a successful career without them.Ava DuVernay on Hollywood Racism, Modern-Day Slavery, and Why She’s Still an Optimist
The director, whose new documentary The 13th chronicles America’s history of racial subjugation, talks to Rebecca Traister about Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the modern criminal-justice system.What No One Tells Couples Trying to Conceive
It helps to be rich.The Hidden Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
A segregated unit of mathematicians born of desperation during World War II became the secret to NASA’s success.Slut-Shaming Squids Are Everywhere
The “Bermuda Square” comic strip is back.Santigold’s New Video Is the Result of a Spontaneous Run-in With Kara Walker
The collaboration that dreams are made of.Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield Spotted Together Again, Love Might Be Real
They could be back together ahh!Teen, Forced to Go on Vacation With Her Family, Calls 911
The logical decision.Report: Hearst Fired Seventeen EIC Michelle Tan During Her Maternity Leave
Tan had been at the magazine for about two years.Good Morning America Host Amy Robach Apologizes for Saying ‘Colored People’ on Air
She quickly apologized.
That’s one way to do it.Don’t Mess This Up, Mischa Barton
Marissa Cooper is poised for a comeback ... maybe.California Votes to Remove Time Limit on Prosecuting Rape Cases
In light of the Bill Cosby case.Beyoncé’s Behind-the-Scenes Lemonade Photos Belong in a Museum
She had the "Boycott Beyoncé" sign already in formation on set.The Rise of the Male Celebrity Full-Frontal
An ex-publicist explains.Gabby Douglas Will Be a Miss America Judge
The gold-medal gymnast will help choose the 2017 pageant winner.Camille Becerra’s Photo Diary of Rockaway Beach
An ideal trip to add and cross off your summer bucket list.Sorry Nerds, Ian McKellen Won’t Officiate Your Expensive Lord of the Rings–Themed Wedding
Not even for $1.5 million.Miles Teller Is Still Upset About Being Called a Dick
He wants to set the record straight.Why Parents Shouldn’t Talk About Weight With Their Teens
New guidelines seek to banish weight talk.