Storm cloud over the not-so-normal French presidency of François Hollande: Paris Match, where first lady Valérie Trierweiler continues to be employed as a reporter, is just about the only French magazine that has not put Trierweiler on its cover in the last couple of weeks. Elle may have headlined Trierweiler “alone against everyone,” but she’s the cover girl of the moment ever since the sheer nastiness of her feud with Hollande’s ex, Ségolène Royal, came out in a Trierweiler tweet supporting the man who defeated Royal in legislative elections. Over a picture of the first couple L’Express demands to know “Who’s in Charge?” Marianne puts the now infamous political ménage à trois on its cover, Trierweiler looming largest, with the question “Where is he, this ‘normal’ president?” Le Nouvel Observateur last week put “L’affaire Trierweiler” on the cover. And Le Point, while it reserves its stories on the first lady for the interior pages, devotes quite a few of those to Royal’s bitter fury against the current consort of the man who fathered her four children. Adding a certain piquancy to the whole story are rumors circulating on e-mails that link Hollande with yet another woman in the past, and Royal with another man, both of whom now have very high political profiles … but, hey, we’re not going to go there.
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