By Anthony L Hall
Well, based on the latest episode of As the Elysée Turns, it may be that I presumed too much about the sophistication of the characters involved in this political ménage a trois. For the French media were replete with reports last week about the “blind jealousy” that compelled Valérie to take to Twitter -- just days before Sunday’s elections for the national assembly -- to declare her support not for Ségolène (and Hollande) but for her (i.e., their) opponent.
Just imagine the national spectacle/embarrassment if President Obama endorsed a candidate for House Speaker [who just happened to be an ex-girlfriend] and First Lady Michelle then took to Twitter to endorse that candidate’s opponent…
This is why Hollande needs to move quickly to reclaim his political manhood. Because nobody will have any confidence in or respect for his presidency if he allows himself to be so sensationally betrayed and pussy-whipped by a woman who is not even his wife
. (“Ménage a Trois Involving French President Heats up,” The iPINIONS Journal, June 19, 2012)
Anthony L. Hall is a descendant of the Turks & Caicos Islands, international lawyer and political consultant - headquartered in Washington DC - who publishes his own weblog, The iPINIONS Journal, at http://ipjn.com offering commentaries on current events from a Caribbean perspective
Given the ménage a trois
referenced above, one can be forgiven for thinking, as I did, that the philandering for which the French are famous stems from the quizzical insouciance French men have towards marital/sexual fidelity.
So imagine my shock when I read reports this week that the philandering of no less a person than the new first lady of France proves that, as in most things, women are better at this too (or worse depending on your level of Puritanism).
They say a week is a long time in politics, and in French politics it needs to be. France’s First Lady, Valérie Trierweiler, certainly had a lot to pack in during her working week, sleeping, as is alleged in a new book, with both François Hollande, the socialist president, and Patrick Devedjian, a right-wing politician. Oh, and she was also married to her fellow Paris Match journalist Denis Trierweiler at the time
. (The Irish Independent, October 16, 2012)
I always thought the notorious dalliances of French novelist and performer Colette was an anomaly among French women. But this documented scheming of First Lady Valérie will do much to disabuse me of that thought.
More to the point, though, if President Hollande did not have cause to dump this cunning and spiteful courtesan before, surely these revelations should compel him to do so now – if only to avoid becoming a national laughing stock, non?
Ménage a trois