French President and his partner are living 'separate lives' after she tried to ruin his ex-lover’s career
- French President and his partner might split GALA Magazine revealed
- His partner, Valerie Trierweiler caused controversy last month for showing support for a rival of Segolene Royale, the mother of the President's children
- The couple live separate lives with the President set to announce their split before Autumn
Francois Hollande could be on the verge of dumping his girlfriend after she tried to wreck his ex-lover’s political career, it emerged yesterday.
The French president and Valerie Trierweiler are said to be leading separate lives and could announce their break-up during the summer holidays, France’s Gala magazine claimed.
The looming split between France’s first couple comes after she tweeted her support for a candidate standing against Segolene Royal, the mother of the president’s four children, in parliamentary elections.
Separate lives: Friends believe French President Francois Hollande and his partner Valerie Trierweiler will split after she showed support for his ex-lover's rival in parliamentary elections
The Twitter message less than a month after Mr Hollande was elected caused an outcry in France. Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault broke protocol to tell the First Lady she should ‘know her place’, while Mr Hollande and Miss Royal’s eldest son Thomas said the tweet had destroyed his father’s ‘Mr Normal’ image.
Sources said the president was ‘furious’ with his girlfriend – nicknamed The Rottweiler. Mr Hollande and Miss Royal lived together for 28 years before he left her for Miss Trierweiler in 2005.
After interviewing friends of the couple, Gala said: ‘Relations between them have become so frosty that there is talk of them splitting up.
Bitter battle: Ms Trierweiler (left) apologised for her controversial tweet to a candidate standing against the President's ex-lover Segolene Royal (right)
Anger at online antics: The President is said to be 'furious' at Ms Trierweiler and according to GALA Magazine relations between them have become so tense they might split up
These days they hardly see each other, and the president is said to be thinking about leaving his partner, announcing the news over the summer before the government returns to work in the autumn.’
Thomas Hollande, the eldest son of President Hollande and Ms Royale, also scorned Ms Trierweiler, confirming that he never wanted to see her again after she destroyed his 'Mr Normal' image.
Spoke his mind: Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was happy to be elected in May but was quick to tell Ms Trierweiler she should 'know her place'
Ms Trierweiler, dubbed the Rottweiler, was initially defiant but apologised for her tweet two weeks after it was sent in June.
One friend of the First Lady told Le Parisien newspaper: ‘She knows she made a mistake.
‘She did not appreciate the consequences that her tweet would have on the authority of the head of state, on the socialist party, on her children and those of Francois Hollande.’
Ms Trierweiler also told French TV that: 'I will count to 10 before tweeting'.
Mr Hollande has already publicly expressed his disapproval of the row between his current and former lovers during a televised Bastille Day address to the nation on July 14.
The President said: ‘I am for a clear distinction between public and private life.
‘I believe private matters should be regulated in private and I have asked those close to me to respect this.’
The President also left the divorced mother-of-three at home in Paris when he travelled to London for meetings with both Prime Minister David Cameron and the Queen earlier this month.
Mr Hollande and Ms Royal lived together for 28 years before the President left her for Ms Trierweiler in 2005.
News magazine L'Express wrote of Ms Trierweiler last month: ‘For her, Segolene Royal remains the object of profound and irrational jealousy that complicates political relations.
‘It is almost impossible to even speak about the woman in front of her, even from a purely political angle.
‘It's stronger than she is.’
Francois Hollande, pictured inspecting a Guard of Honour during a state visit to the UK, left Ms Trierweiler at home in France