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Rumour of Trierweiler’s €3 million Elysée rampage denied

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-24

Rumours have been swirling in France since allegations of an affair between French President François Hollande and an actress reportedly sent Hollande’s partner, Valérie Trierweiler, to the hospital seeking treatment for exhaustion.

First there were whispers that Trierweiler, a journalist for weekly French magazine Paris Match, had tried to kill herself (firmly denied in an article in the publication, which speculated that at most she had taken a bit too much anti-anxiety medication).

Then came a report that Hollande’s former partner, and failed 2007 presidential candidate, Ségolène Royal had been dispatched to convince Trierweiler to forgive her allegedly unfaithful companion (denied by both parties).

But perhaps the most outrageous rumour was that Trierweiler, upon hearing about her partner’s reported affair, flew into a rage in the Elysée presidential palace, breaking €3 million worth of vases, clocks, and paintings, all belonging to the Mobilier National (an institution under the culture ministry that is in charge of furnishings in state buildings).

The Mobilier National “categorically denied” the rumour on Wednesday, saying that it was “totally based on lies”.

According to French daily newspaper Le Monde, the rumour of Trierweiler’s rampage first appeared on January 20 via a right-wing blog that claimed its source was a high-ranking official in the Mobilier National.

The account then spread on other blogs and throughout social media, before it was mentioned in an article published on business news site Economie matin and shared several thousand times on Facebook and Twitter.

Trierweiler has been the subject of furious speculation in France, with reporters wondering who will accompany Hollande on his official visit to the US in February.

Though French presidents’ wives have never held the official status of “First Lady”, they are increasingly expected to accompany their betrothed on travels.

Date created : 2014-01-23

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