Moderate French voters delivered a shock election blow to Marine Le Pen’s Front National last night, but as John Lichfield reports from Paris, the far-right leader is still defiantly talking about the presidency
The former president has been persuaded to disown and punish his one time ally following her remarks
Gayet has earned a César nomination for Best Supporting Actress
In interviews published today, Trierweiler says she “fell from a skyscraper” when she learned that Hollande was having an affair with an actress
It is understood that she refused to put her name to the declaration
By now, you’re probably aware that Valérie Trierweiler was the unmarried ‘companion’ of French President Francois Hollande for eight years, a state of affairs that came to an end following allegations in Closer magazine that her partner had been having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet.
'She has only just come out of hospital - she should be resting' says source close to the president
The Frenchman faces a minimum five-match ban if he's found guilty
French press reports President likely to choose actress Julie Gayet and ask First Lady to leave Elysee Palace
President's official partner driven to presidential retreat outside Paris
But what does he feel liberated from?
The actress was expected to be appointed to a jury responsible for selecting state funded scholarships for the Villa Medic academy in Rome
This being France, the President escaped close inspection of his private life at a long-awaited press conference. Instead, he talked about his plan to slash state spending. John Lichfield reports from the Elysee Palace
The President’s official companion has told a French journalist that she is aware that some sort of official statement needs to be made
The Elysée Palace said that Ms Trierweiler suffered a 'severe case of the blues' after news broke of Hollande's alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet