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Jan 16, 2014

The president, the girlfriend and the actress is oh so French

The French really wanted boring dependability with Francois Hollande, someone who would knuckle under and tackle the economy. But in this most French of sex scandals, they got somewhat more.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

Vive la difference! The French nation has been rocked by the latest scandale de sexe involving President Francois Hollande, his girlfriend, the actress, the flat, le moto, and the Corsican mafia. And, getting out at La Gare du Nord — your correspondent has briefly moved to France, because it is cheaper to live here and commute on the Eurostar than pay London rents* — the papers were full of it.

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6 thoughts on “The president, the girlfriend and the actress is oh so French

  1. Salamander

    Ah, Les Francais: Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Sexisme.

  2. klewso

    He was going to announce some economic initiative – and all the press (with their editorial control over what voters get to see) wanted to know about was this?
    A bloke who, as far as I know, doesn’t ram his personal beliefs on how to live, down the collective throat of the nation – while the media likes nothing more than playing judge and jury?
    All they wanted to indulge was their salaciousness? How many of them – in the public eye, controlling what they do – have played away and been asked to pay what they want from Hollande?

    [And surely that’s “Libido did it best ….”?]

  3. JennyWren

    “The other woman is Julie Gayet, who is, sigh, an actress, and, quelle surprise, bears a sort of resemblance to Trierweiler, but with 18 years knocked off the top”

    More like 8………which is the actual gap in age.
    M. Hollande is not Leonardo di Caprio

  4. AR

    Like JenWren, my bewildered bemusement is ..”WHY”? Dr K’s aphorism on aphrodisiac power couldn’t be extended to this blancmange, surely?
    And yet, and yet, Royale & Trierweiler were both powerful, independent individuals in their own right. I rilly, rilly do not get it.

  5. Rena Zurawel

    I do not undersand; a public figure is a public figure. He did not have to be the president if he cherishes privacy so much.
    Public people are under public scrutiny and rightly so. After all, they live of public purse.
    Holland is not a particulraly family man.
    The actress lives in a funny flat which belongs to a very suspicious owner.
    It is also a national security issue.
    What’s so private about that?

  6. Anon

    I hate it when people say things like, “he did not have to be the president if he cherishes privacy so much”. Shouldn’t it be obvious to most sane people that the private affairs of ‘public figures’ are really no business of ours? Particularly when they have nothing whatsoever to do with their jobs.

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