French politics

Hollande’s clarification

President of the French Republic promised to clarify the situation, François Hollande finally did it, much faster than expected.

He officially announced, on the last Saturday, the end of his affair with the journalist Valérie Trierweiler putting an end to a three-week-politico-romantic comedy after the French gossip magazine Closer revealed his affair with the actress Julie Gayet. Few times after, the now former French First Lady took a plane to India in the framework of a humanitarian trip scheduled a long time ago.

François Hollande and his ex-partner, Valérie Trierweiler

François Hollande and his ex-partner, Valérie Trierweiler

Political analysts mainly regarding the way François Hollande broke up, coldly, with brutality and no compassion for his ex-partner quickly commented the announcement on. Some people as Clara Schmelck, a French journalist and philosopher even insisted on the grotesque of the French president’s announcement who has just sent a release to Agence France Presse (AFP), showing no regrets apparently but a strange relief rather.

If the French leader has been very fast regarding his announcement, he once again surprised everyone. A clarification regarding his relationship status was expected at latest the 11th of February, the day of his presidential tour to the United States, it was finally done unexpectedly, showing that François Hollande wanted to put an end to a story which began to disturb him and made interferences with the government’s policy. Everybody within the French population kept dealing with Treirweiler and Hollande’s romance and some credible analysts were even concerned by the impact of this story for the French president and his ability to make the difference between his political and personal lives.

Announcing his break-up with Valérie Trierweiler with brutality, the French leader wanted to send a message to some journalists and the opposition who were very ironical about François Hollande’s affairs problems, a way of the right UMP party to insist on the incapacity of the president to make a decision firmly and definitely.

Valérie Trierweiler during his trip to India, the 27th of Juanary

Valérie Trierweiler during his trip to India, the 27th of Juanary

This story and the conclusion made by François Hollande has eventually something positive: re-debating on the president’s partner’s status, still a burning issue for years. Everyone has his point of view about a partner who has no status in the French constitution but nobody can ignore. And if some of them used this title to play a political role (as Danielle Mitterrand or Bernadette Chirac), it is needed to remind the French Première Dame cannot be compared to the US Lady who has a real status in the US Constitution. The Trierweiler issue might be the occasion to make another clarification with – for instance – a German solution, that is to say no official status for the leader’s partner.

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