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|| 30 April 2017

Ségolène Royal & Valérie Trierweiler: Updates

In the 2007 French presidential election, the fashion focus was on presidential candidate Ségolène Royal. In 2012 on Valerie Trierweiler, the partner of current president François Hollande. Time for an update on these two interesting chic French women.

Ségolène Royal

We have had frequent images in the media of Ségolène Royal as she has gone about her duties as Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in the administration of President François Hollande. And as the media has noted, Mme Royal has also served as a de facto vice-president.

When the Secretary General of the United Nations announced his attention to appoint a woman to replace the retiring director of the U.N. Development Program, Ségolène Royal made it known she was interested in the job. Despite the previously announced intention, the job went to the German diplomat Achim Steiner, a specialist in environmental issues.

All major French media including Le Monde, L’Express, Liberation, Le Figaro announced (with some chagrin) that Ségolène Royal had been passed over for the job.

Though disappointed, Ségolène Royal told Le Monde: "In any case, I will find the opportunity to put the strength of my convictions in the service of the climate fight and international issues. I have other leads, other prospects."

Valérie Trierweiler

Former French first lady Valérie Trierweiler has taken advantage of the fact that, with the French presidential election dominating the media, many will be asking; What is Valérie Trierweiler doing these days? The answer: Writing. Her first novel "Le secret d'Adèle" will be released 17 May, ten days after the French election.

The novel tells a story of the relationship of Adèle Bloch-Bauer with the Austrian painter Gustuv Klimt who painted her portrait “The Woman in Gold.” Mme Trierweiler’s editor at Les Arènes describes the book: "This novel is the portrait of a woman who is reborn, who follows an extraordinary destiny for her milieu and her time. It is the novel of a free woman.”

Those who might not read the news of Valérie Trierweiler’s new novel in the literary section, might see the interview with François Hollande’s nephew in Closer, the French gossip magazine. In the interview Kevin Hollande describes Valérie Trierweiler as “une mauvaise femme” a bad woman. Kevin Hollande based that opinion on the previous book Valérie Trierweiler wrote,"Thanks for this Moment" about her relationship with his uncle. Closer also published an article about Valérie Trierweiler’s new novel.

Most of the articles about the Valérie Trierweiler’s new novel are in French. But in English you can read more about "Le secret d'Adèle" and about Adèle Bloch-Bauer in an article on France24.

For French speakers, the Le Monde article Ségolène Royal reconnaît qu’elle ne sera pas à la tête du PNUD.

images: left - excerpt of an image of Valerie Trierweiler by Coadic Guirec/BestImages | center - Klimt painting Woman in Gold via Wikimedia | right - excerpt of an image of Ségolène Royal by Gabriel Bouys / AFP via Le Monde

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