By Brian Love
PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) - French "First Lady" Valerie Trierweiler will continue to work as a journalist for Paris Match, the glossy news magazine that she criticised for publishing a front page story about her and her partner President Francois Hollande before his election.
Paris Match's editor said he saw no conflict of interest and that the 47-year-old, who met Hollande years ago during her career as a political reporter, had signed a new deal to cover culture, reviewing books and art exhibitions.
The twice-divorced mother of three and unmarried partner of Hollande had long insisted that she wanted to remain a working mother, even if she now has a staff in her informal role as First Lady at the presidential Elysee Palace.
"It's something of an unprecedented situation for us," Paris Match editor Olivier Royant told Europe 1 radio, which like the magazine is part of the media empire of Lagardere, a conglomerate that also has a stake in Airbus.
Royant said that Trierweiler stopped covering political affairs for Paris Match in November, shortly after the 57-year-old Hollande became the Socialist Party candidate in an election he won on May 6.
She had since been working from home with a laptop and excluded from the weekly magazine's editorial meetings, he said, adding: "These precautions were taken to protect (Paris) Match and her from all suspicion of conflict of interest."
Trierweiler criticised Paris Match in March for publishing a front-page photograph and story about her and Hollande during the election campaign.
"What a shock to find yourself on the front of your own publication. Angry at finding my photo used without authorisation or even a warning," she tweeted at the time.
Prior to his relationship with Trierweiler, Hollande had four children over 25 years living with Segolene Royal, a fellow Socialist who herself ran for president in 2007. Shortly after the failed endeavour, Royal announced that she and Hollande were splitting up.
Paris Match editor Royant said he discussed the new contract with Trierweiler last Thursday. "She now seems to be able to draw the dividing line. It's been an accelerated learning process over the past three weeks," he said.
For the years ahead, he said: "Coverage of the presidential couple will remain fair and independent ... We have a saying at Match that goes: 'there's only one star here and it's the publication'".
In much the same way that Hollande says he wants to be a "Mr Normal" president, partner Trierweiler has said she doesn't want to be boxed into the role of "second fiddle, first lady". (Editing by Rosalind Russell)
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.
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>
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>"
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."