Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Davos Debate: Getting a fair share from multinationals (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Davos Debate: Getting a fair share from multinationals (part 1)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Adama Barrow sworn in as President, Ecowas forces enter Gambia

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

DAVOS 2017: Trump 'could hit the ball out of the park'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

DAVOS 2017: May's Brexit plan 'not realistic'

Read more

THE DEBATE

Showdown in Gambia: Foreign troops at border as Jammeh refuses to go (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Showdown in Gambia: Senegalese troops enter Country as Jammeh refuses to go (part 2)

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Davos 2017: Global leaders try to understand populist surge

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

DAVOS 2017: What next for the global healthcare industry?

Read more

France

France’s First Lady accused of ‘living off taxpayers’

© AFP

Text by Mehdi Chebil

Latest update : 2013-03-17

The marital status of France’s First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has come under scrutiny after the heir of a business empire filed a complaint accusing President François Hollande’s girlfriend of “embezzlement” for living off taxpayers’ money.

France’s unmarried first lady Valérie Trierweiler has been accused of misappropriating public funds because she is living off taxpayers’ money despite having no legal link to President François Hollande.

The latest attack on the unpopular Trierweiler comes from the French heir of a supermarket empire who lives in Switzerland.

Xavier Kemlin reportedly filed a complaint to the magistrates court in Saint-Etienne, stating that French taxpayers’ money should not be used to “house, feed, and pay the staff and travel expenses” of a woman with whom taxpayers have no legal links.

Liaisons dangereuses

Hollande’s partner has her own office and staff at the Elysée palace while pursuing her career as a journalist at the glossy weekly Paris Match.

“[Hollande] is not married, so she’s not his wife. They have not contracted a civil union, so she’s not his companion… So who is this lady? She’s his mistress”, said Kemlin, referring to the secretive beginnings of the relationship between Valérie Trierweiler and François Hollande, who at the time was living with his life partner, Ségolène Royal.

Kemlin claimed that the presidential couple did not want to get married because combining their assets would lead them “to pay the ISF wealth tax”.

The embezzlement accusations come as the First Lady’s private life will be at the centre of a court hearing on March 20, following Trierweiler’s legal complaint against the authors and editors of an unauthorised biography, “La Frondeuse” (the Trouble-Maker). In this controversial book, the authors allege that Trierweiler was a shared mistress of both François Hollande and a married right-wing minister in the early 2000s. 

 

Date created : 2013-03-17

  • FRANCE

    France’s first lady crashes gay wedding debate

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French first lady seeks damages over infidelity claim

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French first lady hits back at rumours on past love life

    Read more

COMMENT(S)