Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Macron warning: Hollande dreaming of REVENGE says ex-president’s jilted lover | World | News

Mr Hollande “wants to take revenge on Macron and on his unpopular mandate,” Mrs Trierweiler, a journalist for the celebrity magazine Paris Match, wrote in her new memoir “On se donne des nouvelles” (Let’s Keep In Touch) due to be released next month. In a chapter called “Merci pour ces lendemains” (Thank You For The Tomorrows), the ex-first lady looks back on her tumultuous relationship with the former socialist leader, saying he cannot stand “being unloved”. She said: “He regrets not running for re-election in 2017. But when will he stop always regretting things, both the small and the big decisions?

“He wants to join the presidential race [in 2020], that I am certain of. It’s in his nature, his obsession, his reason for living.

In a thinly veiled reference to the badly frayed relationship between Mr Hollande and Mr Macron, his former protégé, Mrs Trierweiler added: “He’s sowing the seeds [for his re-election], but is also hurling some of these seeds at the man who succeeded him and whom he holds in contempt.”

Mr Hollande, widely known as the most unpopular president in modern French history, was forced to drop out of the 2017 presidential race after Mr Macron, his then economy minister, humiliated him by launching a rival bid. 

Mr Macron went on to win the May election with more than 60 percent of the vote. 

Mrs Trierweiler and the ex-president were never married, but she assumed the role of first lady at official functions following his election in May 2012.  

News of his affair with French actress Julie Gayet broke in January 2014, after the celebrity magazine Closer published images of Mr Hollande entering her Paris apartment. 

Mrs Trierweiler was hospitalised for eight days for fatigue after his liaison was made public. They had been together for more than seven years. 

Less than a year after the scandal erupted, she published a scathing tell-all book “Merci Pour Ce Moment” (Thank You For This Moment), in which she said the leftist leader made fun of poor people in private. The book became an instant best-seller. 

She said: “He presented himself as a man who disliked the rich. In reality, the president doesn’t like the poor. In private, this man – the left-winger – calls them ‘the toothless’ and is so pleased at how funny he is.”

She also said that Mr Hollande struggled with his weight, was heartless, indecisive and a compulsive liar. 

Reacting to Mrs Trierweiler’s book, Mr Hollande in an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur in 2014, the former French President revealed he was most hurt by her accusation that he called the poor toothless, which has denied.

He said at the time: “I felt this attack on the poor, the dispossessed as if it were a blow to my whole life.

“In all the posts I have held, I have only thought of helping, representing those who suffer. I have never been on the side of the powerful, even if I’m not their enemy, but I know where I come from.

“What I’m going through at the moment is not pleasant, but what do you want me to do … go crying about my problems in front of the French, start whingeing? 

“I’m not a demagogue or an actor; the French expect something else from me, they want results.” 

Mr Hollande and Mrs Gayet are still in a relationship, though they are rarely seen together in public. 

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