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Valerie Trierweiler: France's New First Lady In 7 Facts

Posted: 05/08/2012 11:21 am Updated: 05/09/2012 9:27 am

Valerie Trierweiler

Nicolas Sarkozy is not the only one who will be packing his bags and leaving the presidential palace after his election defeat last Sunday. French first lady and former model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is out, too.

Time to meet Bruni's successor and Francois Hollande's lady-friend Valerie Trierweiler, the unmarried 'companion' of the French president-elect who will accompany Hollande into the Elysee.

47-year-old Trierweiler is a famous journalist, the mother of three teenage sons, and will become the first working 'Première Dame' to occupy the presidential palace.

Learn more about France's new 'first lady' in the gallery below:

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  • Her Roots

    Valerie Trierweiler is the fifth of six children. <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/23/francois-hollande-partner-first-lady" target="_hplink">According to the <em>Guardian</em>,</a> her mother worked as a cashier and her father -- who stepped on a landmine at the age of 13 -- died when she was 21.

  • Her Career

    After studying at the Sorbonne, Trierweiler became a political journalist and worked for the French magazine <a href="http://www.parismatch.com/" target="_hplink"><em>Paris Match</em></a> and the cable network <a href="http://www.direct8.fr/" target="_hplink">Direct8.</a> Trierweiler covered politics for about two decades, but announced at the start of Hollande's campaign that she would shift away from politics to report on the arts. Trierweiler has vowed to keep working for <em>Paris Match</em> as Hollande assumes the presidency, making her France's <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/06/valerie-trierweiler-france-first-lady?" target="_hplink">first woman to work while serving as 'Première Dame'. </a>

  • Her Outrage

    Trierweiler was reportedly furious when Paris Match put her on the <a href="http://twitpic.com/8ti2qt" target="_hplink">cover</a> of the magazine with the controversial headline, 'Valerie. Hollande's Charming Asset.' Upon seeing the cover, <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/valtrier/status/177689767792738305" target="_hplink">Trierweiler tweeted:</a> "Bravo Paris Match for its sexism .. My thoughts go out to all angry women."

  • Her Last Name

    Born Valerie Massonneau, Trierweiler has been <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/06/valerie-trierweiler-france-first-lady" target="_hplink">married twice before</a> and has 3 children from her second marriage with journalist <a href="http://destandaard.be/artikel/detail.aspx?artikelid=GD33PNMDM" target="_hplink">Denis Trierweiler.</a>

  • Her Relationship With Hollande

    Hollande and Trierweiler reportedly started their relationship in the mid-2000s, although they first met two decades before. Trierweiler was still married at the time, and Hollande was living with former French presidential candidate <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A9gol%C3%A8ne_Royal" target="_hplink">Segolene Royal.</a> Hollande and Trierweiler took their relationship public in <a href="http://iphone.france24.com/en/20120313-france-first-lady-gentleman-hollande-trierweiler-sarkozy-bruni-bayrou-le-pen-aliot" target="_hplink">2010</a>. Trierweiler told Elle magazine that the French socialist was "<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/23/francois-hollande-partner-first-lady" target="_hplink">the man of her life.</a>"

  • Her Celebration

    After it became clear Hollande had won the presidency, <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/valtrier/status/199208369570070528" target="_hplink">Trierweiler tweeted:</a> "Simply proud to accompany the Republic's new president and still so happy to share the life of Francois."


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