Hollande to clear up who France’s ‘first lady’ is

Hollande to clear up who France’s ‘first lady’ is

[Ed. – Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?  The Bourbons used to have the same problem.]

The latest revelations call into question whether a complex personal life can be private for someone with round-the-clock bodyguards, and about the role of “first lady” in France. [Valerie] Trierweiler is the first person to hold the post who was not married to the president.

Hollande said he will clarify who the first lady is before he takes a presidential trip to the United States on Feb. 11, but he wouldn’t comment further.

The pictures published in Closer included one of a man the magazine said was Hollande being ferried by motorcycle to an apartment where [Julie] Gayet waited. …

The issue even reached the floor of parliament Tuesday. A leading legislator from the opposition conservative UMP party accused the president of taking unreasonable risks with his security. …

Photographer Valiela said he was surprised at the lack of security for Hollande, whose government has been repeatedly threatened by al-Qaida.

“To go to the rendezvous with Julie Gayet, he was taking some risks,” he  told RTL. “As soon as he got into the apartment, his guards left.”

Hollande, who has four children from a previous relationship with a leading politician, was elected as a “Monsieur Normal” in a backlash against his flamboyant predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

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