Valerie Trierweiler, the woman who had a lengthy relationship with French President Francois Hollande, may write a tell-all book about her time with him.
48-year old Trierweiler, a veteran journalist who met Hollande while working as a political reporter for Paris Match, says she was extremely hurt by the way he ended their relationship and is considering penning a book which could damage Hollande's already bruised reputation.
She says she'd heard rumors that he was stepping out on her, but being in the public eye, she knew such things went with the territory and paid them no mind. But when the magazine Closer published photos of Hollande and 41-year old actress Julie Gayet meeting for secret trysts, Trierweiler knew the truth.
"I heard rumours of course but you hear rumours about everyone," she said in an interview. "I hear them about myself all the time. I paid no attention. When I found out, it was as if I had fallen from a sky-scraper."
Hollande has already lost quite a bit of popularity in France due to a shrinking economy and unemployment somewhere in the 3.3 million range; after announcing the breakup, some are wondering what else he might be keeping from the public.
"He hid that from us. What else is he hiding?" restaurant cook Herve Charriere said.
Trierweiler says that though she was with Hollande throughout his rise to power, she thinks that his role in politics might have ultimately damaged their relationship.
"We didn't react to power in the same way," she said. "Something broke. I would have preferred a normal life. We might then still be together."
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