Unofficial first lady Valerie Trierweiler — nicknamed “Rottweiler” by her enemies — has already caused a scandal with one her first tweets since her boyfriend Francois Hollande gained the French presidency last month.
Here’s the scandalous tweet:
Courage à Olivier Falorni qui n’a pas démérité, qui se bat aux côtés des rochelais depuis tant d’ années dans un engagement désintéressé.
— Valerie Trierweiler (@valtrier) June 12, 2012
Now if your knowledge of French and/or French politics isn’t great, this will take some explaining. Basically, the tweet is wishing the best of luck to one Olivier Falorni, an electoral candidate in the western town of La Rochelle.
The problem is that Falorni’s rival for the election is Segolene Royal, who is not only an ex-Socialist candidate for presidency (beaten by Sarkozy), but also President Hollande’s ex-partner and the mother of his four children.
It’s also a public split from Hollande, who has publicly supported Royal’s election campaign.
The French press appears bewildered and enraged by the tweet. Our personal favourite headline is “The existential malaise of the first lady” from Le Monde, while Eric Ciotti of the UMP told France Inter radio, “It is a grotesque, ridiculous situation that weakens the position of the head of state.”
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