France's former first lady dishes the dirt on break-up
FRANCE'S former first lady yesterday broke her silence over the tempestuous end of her relationship with President Francois Hollande, detailing her horrified reaction to the news that he was having an affair.
In a kiss-and-tell memoir written in secret and due to be published today, Valerie Trierweiler spills the beans on her relationship with Mr Hollande, 60, and the painful and sudden break-up in January after a magazine revealed his sensational affair with actress Julie Gayet.
"Everything I write is true," she says on the cover of the book, called Thank You For This Moment, which is set to do little to improve the image of France's least popular president in history, according to opinion polls.
In extracts released yesterday by glossy magazine Paris Match, the 49-year-old former journalist details the bust-up in the presidential bedroom when she realised he had been cheating on her.
"The information on Julie Gayet is the top headline in the dailies...I crack up. I don't want to hear that, I rush into the bathroom. I grab the little plastic bag with the sleeping pills," she recounts in an episode run in the magazine.
"Francois follows me. He tries to snatch the bag. The pills spill over the bed and on the ground... I swallow what I can. I want to sleep. I don't want to live through the coming hours."
Mr Hollande's office said it was "not aware" of the 320-page book's publication.
News of his affair with Gayet, 42, caused shockwaves in France, and Ms Trierweiler was hospitalised for a week after Closer magazine published pictures of Mr Hollande arriving for secret trysts with the actress at a flat.
He then announced his relationship with the former journalist was over in an 18-word statement that was devoid of regret or remorse for the woman he had described as "the love of my life" in 2010.