Former French First Lady Sacked by Paris Match

Former French Presidents Francois Hollande, left, and Nicolas Sarkozy on March 28, 2018, at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AFP) — Valerie Trierweiler, the ex-girlfriend of former French president Francois Hollande, said Thursday that she had been sacked by Paris Match magazine.

The journalist took revenge on Hollande for spurning her for actress Julie Gayet with a sensational 2014 kiss-and-tell memoir called “Thank You for This Moment,” which all but sank Hollande’s presidency.

The book became an instant bestseller, and Hollande, a Socialist, never lived down his alleged references to the “toothless” poor.

Trierweiler, 55, had worked for the glossy weekly as a political correspondent, interviewer and columnist for three decades.

“I discovered in the middle of my summer holidays in an extremely brutal way that I have been sacked from Paris Match after 30 years,” Trierweiler said on Twitter.

“This sacking was for no reason and has left me shocked and astonished,” she added. 

Trierweiler was famously admitted to hospital after Hollande’s affair was revealed by paparazzi images of his nightly visits by scooter to Gayet’s apartment.

The politician had tried to portray himself as a safe pair of hands “Mr. Normal” in contrast to his mercurial predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy. 

As well as spending most of her career at Paris Match, Trierweiler also interviews politicians for the French television channel Direct 8.

© Agence France-Presse

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