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Ex-First Lady Details Hollande Split In Memoir

Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 15:22

Former French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has claimed President Francois Hollande tried to win her back with flowers, dinner invitations and text messages in her secret memoir.

The 49-year-old, a journalist for the magazine Paris March, lived with Mr Hollande at the Elysee presidential palace for 18 months until allegations of an affair with an actress surfaced.

She maintained her weekly literary column and granted some interviews after the break-up, but the memoir - written in secret and due to be published on Thursday - contains previously unknown details of their split.

In excerpts published in Paris Match, Ms Trierweiler describes the moment she was hospitalised after taking sleeping pills when news of the affair emerged.

She wrote: "I run into the bathroom. I take the little plastic bag containing the sleeping pills. Francois follows me. He tears away the bag.

"He catches the bag, which tears... I manage to gather up some of them. I want to sleep. I do not want to live the hours to come."

She also wrote about her "uncontrollable" jealously towards Segolene Royal - the mother of his four children and a minister in his government.

And she claimed Mr Hollande bombarded her with up to 29 texts a day, as well as gifts, in the months after their breakup.

She wrote: "He tells me he is going to win me back as if I was an election."

The memoir, called Thank You For This Moment, has a first print run of 200,000 copies.

A source close to the president said he was "not aware" of the book's publication.

The source told the AFP news agency: "So, by definition, we have not read this book."

But French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll - a close ally of Mr Hollande - said the country had more important issues to deal with.

He told i>Tele: "We have enough serious, weighty issues. We haven't got a lot of time, so we can't afford to lose it."

Mr Hollande is the most unpopular president in recent French history, with ratings below 20%.