French ex-first lady: 'I don't regret a thing'

Jan 31, 2014

French ex-first lady: 'I don't regret a thing'

“Je ne regrette rien” (“I don’t regret a thing”) — that is what former French first lady Valerie Trierweiler has told the weekly Paris-Match after being dumped by President Francois Hollande for a younger actress. Trierweiler and Hollande seem to be keeping things civilized. ...

Trierweiler falters under limelight

Jan 26, 2014

Trierweiler falters under limelight

Valerie Trierweiler rose from modest origins to having her own office at the Elysee Palace, but the glamorous journalist never managed to win over the French during her short stint as first lady. That role came to a messy end on Saturday when her ...

Jan 26, 2014

Hollande's lover Gayet energetic, headstrong

Julie Gayet, the actress whose love affair with French President Francois Hollande sparked a scandal and set tongues wagging worldwide, is a prolific performer known for her versatility across 70 film roles. Slender, with light chestnut hair, a ready smile and delicate features, the ...

France's Hollande, first lady mulling relationship: lawyer

Jan 24, 2014

France's Hollande, first lady mulling relationship: lawyer

French President Francois Hollande and his first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, are together studying a “clarification” of their relationship, Trierweiler’s lawyer told the newspaper Le Figaro. Trierweiler remains holed up in a presidential residence in Versailles outside Paris after Saturday leaving a hospital where she ...

Elite jury bars actress linked to Hollande

Jan 16, 2014

Elite jury bars actress linked to Hollande

France’s culture minister on Wednesday blocked actress Julie Gayet from becoming a jury member of a prestigious French academy in Rome following revelations she was having an affair with President Francois Hollande. Investigative weekly Le Canard Enchaine revealed that the 41-year-old had been nominated ...

Jan 16, 2014

Hollande's reforms find favor in Germany

Germany on Wednesday welcomed the beleaguered French president’s “courageous” plan to spur the economy as a rapprochement toward its own approach, but analysts were skeptical about real change. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a Social Democrat in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-left “grand coalition,” said ...