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Trierweiler 'may write book on Hollande split'

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-30

France’s former first lady Valérie Trierweiler has revealed she may write a book about her relationship with French President François Hollande and his alleged affair that led to their break-up.

In an interview with La Parisien magazine, to be published Friday, the former journalist said she was “more disappointed than angry” over the scandal.

She added that she was “keen to return to a normal life as quickly as possible” because she does not want to be “part of the celebrity set”.

However, Trierweiler told the magazine she did not “rule out writing a book” on her experience.

Hollande announced he had split with Trierweiler, his partner since 2006, in a brief statement to the AFP news agency on Saturday, following allegations in French gossip magazine Closer that he was having an affair with famed actress Julie Gayet.

Trierweiler observed that her former partner's statement amounted to "eighteen words, nearly one for each month together since his election".

‘Return to freedom’

The day after their separation was confirmed, Trierweiler left on a pre-planned visit to India to promote a French charity.

She told Le Parisien she had been under “a lot of pressure” to cancel the trip, but was happy to be able to “return to freedom, far from the political world and its betrayals”.

Trierweiler, 48, suggested that the pressures of life as the partner of the French president had weighed on their relationship.

“I did not like the glamour of the Elysée,” she said. “I would have preferred a normal life, maybe we would still be together today.”

She also revealed that she had replied to texts from Hollande during her trip.

“He was worried about the organisation of the trip and about my health," said Trierweiler, who spent a week in hospital with “exhaustion” after news of Hollande’s relationship with Gayet broke.

In comments to another French magazine, extracts of which were revealed on Wednesday, Trierweiler described her shock at finding out about the affair.

“When I found out, I felt like I was falling from a skyscraper,” Trierweiler reportedly told a journalist at Paris Match magazine.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-01-30

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