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Trierweiler’s kiss-and-tell memoir to hit the big screen

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Valérie Trierweiler’s 2014 memoir about her once-'electric' romance and subsequent dramatic breakup with President François Hollande became a best-seller in France. Now a movie adaptation may be hitting the big screen in 2015.

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Thank You for This Moment” (“Merci pour ce moment” in the original French) is currently being adapted for the cinema, Franco-Moroccan actress and film producer Saïda Jawad revealed on Monday.

“My production company, in accord with Valérie, is currently working on the screenplay of the best-seller and is considering co-producing the movie with French and international companies,” Jawad told the French glossy Gala in a recent interview.

“I guarantee, we will discover new things,” she added.

Trierweiler’s memoir caused an uproar when it hit bookstores in September. It recounts in acute detail the pain and panic she felt when she discovered Hollande was cheating on her with a well-known actress.

In one of the more memorable passages, Hollande tries to prevent a hysterical Trierweiler from swallowing a handful of sleeping pills at the Elysée presidential palace. The author has said she was not trying to commit suicide, but simply to fall asleep.

But the book also paints an unflattering picture of the president, who Trierweiler claimed liked to mock the poor by calling them “toothless”.

Trierweiler said in the book that her relationship with Hollande was initially "electric" but that he became increasingly "dehumanised" as he got closer to the top job in 2012.

Jawad, Trierweiler's close friend in real life, told Gala she did not think the author deserved the avalanche of criticism that has trailed her since the book was released.

The actress also said her aim was not to make a “controversial” movie.

"The subjects I am drawn to as a director and a producer are diversity, differences and women’s struggles. With “Thank You for This Moment”, Valérie personifies the struggle of a woman trying to tell her own version of the truth," Jawad was quoted as saying. 

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