So she is finally gone – Valerie Trierweiler is no longer the French first lady – That role came to a messy end on Saturday when her partner President Francois Hollande announced they had split two weeks after a scandal erupted over his affair with actress Julie Gayet. Trierweiler went to India where she was met by an enormous media scrum. Clare Byrne of the German News Agency DPA spoke to Sean this morning.
He spoke about the economy, about the health system, about Mali and the Central African Republic in a 40 minute monologue but not about the topic the 600 journalists who packed the Salle des Fetes in the Elysee Palace wanted to hear. French President Francois Hollande was in the spotlight yesterday and the tension was palpable - after revelations of an alleged affair with French actor Julie Gayet – at his traditional New Year Press Conference. To tell us more Clare Byrne of the German News Agency DPA joined Sean from Paris.
French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has been admitted to hospital after media reports of an alleged affair involving President Francois Hollande. She entered hospital on Friday for what her office called "rest and some tests", after Closer magazine published images linking the president to actress Julie Gayet. Mr Hollande did not deny the report but protested at invasion of his privacy. The London Independent’s John Lichfield spoke to Sean this morning.
In France President Francois Hollande is trying to save his foundering presidency. He’s about to launch a series of policy moves involving cuts to public spending and tax reductions. He is particularly keen to cut taxes on jobs and business. Reporter John Lichfield joined Sean on the line from Paris.