France's 'First Lady' Valérie Trierweiler sends letter to her employer Paris Match threatening legal action if they print photos of her in a bikini
Wednesday 15 August 2012
It was the snap that France’s celebrity glossies had been waiting for - the presidential couple in their smalls on their summer break.
“Normal right down to their bathing suits,” joked VSD magazine’s front page - a nod to President Francois Hollande’s election promise that he would be a ‘normal’, down-to-earth leader.
But Mr Hollande’s girlfriend, France’s ‘First Lady’ Valérie Trierweiler, was not so impressed by the photos taken of her sporting a black bikini on beach in the south of France. Lawyers for the 47-year-old journalist sent letters to celebrity magazines including Paris Match, where she still works, threatening them with legal action if the pictures were printed. Paris Match did not print the shots on its cover, but several others did.
“We did get some friendly pressure from the journalist First Lady,” VSD’s deputy editor, Christophe Carron, told French media. “And I imagine our competitors got a similar warning,” he said.
During the tenure of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, the French grew somewhat used to revealing pictures of the first couple on holiday. Mr Sarkozy and his second wife while in office, the former supermodel Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, were photographed on several summer breaks at the palatial presidential retreat at Fort de Brégançon on the French Riviera.
In 2010, a visibly pregnant Ms Bruni-Sarkozy was snapped by photographers in her bikini just yards from where the offending shots of Ms Trierweiler were taken.
This is not the first controversy to have hit Ms Trierweiler in the months since Mr Hollande took power. During the country’s parliamentary elections in June, she posted a messaged on Twitter showing her support for a candidate standing against Ségolène Royal, Mr Hollande’s former partner and the mother of his children. Ms Royal, a former Socialist presidential hopeful, blamed her defeat on the tweet.
International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
Oscar Pistorius trial: The week he went from a hero of his nation and the world, to a gun-loving hothead
International Women’s Day: 'When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch' - feminist quotes from female icons to inspire you
Malaysia Airlines plane: Oil slick is first sign that missing flight crashed into sea killing up to 239 on board
International Women's Day 2014: Cherie Blair - ‘Today is a chance to see how far we still have to go’
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
- 1 To those who can’t see the point of International Women’s Day: you are the very reason it exists
- 2 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 3 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 4 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 5 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: A small but growing chain of boutique hot...
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The company works with Tier 1 FTSE 100 Ba...
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...