Last Sunday, 6th of May, François Hollande was elected President de la Republique in France with 51,7% against 48,3% for the UMP candidate. French Presidents are elected for 5 years, with often a second and ultimate renewal period. Nicolas Sarkozy was a rather unlucky candidate not being re-elected.
After the first historical victory of the socialist Francois Mitterand in 1981, this is the second time, a socialist leader is elected President of France. French voters (French Presidents are directly elected by the nation) had definitely decided to divorce from the last five years of austerity. Very possibly the victory celebration of Sarkozy at the Fouquet’s, a show biz luxury cafe on the Champs Elysees, his Rolex Watch, his rise of Presidential appointment, the controversial HADOPI law, and other exclusive positions did not helped him. Not even when his pop star wife’s claimed they were ‘normal’ people. However, the people of Neuilly S/Seine, one of the most luxurious suburb of Paris, did largely vote for him (84,2%). The rest, preferred to divorce from him to report their votes to François Hollande, benefiting from his lack of popularity. Francois Hollande intentions is ‘to hammer the rich and protect France from the perfidies of ‘Anglo-Saxon’ capitalism’. Mail Online reminds that this declaration comes from ‘a man whose official salaries and allowances provide him with a package of nearly £200,000 a year, funding his £1.5 million Paris flat and Cote d’Azur holiday home — although he has said that he will slash the presidential salary.’
Nicolas Sarkozy was elected in the midst of his divorce with his now ex-wife, to settle with Carla Bruni. Together, they had a baby last year, called Giulia. No, that doesn’t sound very French, you are right. Maybe Nationalist electors he tried to capture did not liked it enough to follow his racist promises of sectarianism against the Roma, the immigrants and the Maestricht Treaty.
Nicolas Sarkozy, has gone trough two divorces. He sad he felt “struck by lightning” by Cecile while conducting her wedding with the presenter Jacques Martin in 1984 at the town hall of Neuilly-sur-Seine he was then the Mayor. He was married to his first wife at the time. Cécilia Martin left her husband to live with Sarkozy in 1988 to obtain a divorce three months later. Sarkozy only divorced his ex-wife in 1996. It’s again at Neuilly that the couple get married in 23 October 1996.She worked closely with him when he was the Minister of the Interior. They both had studied law. In October 2007, they were officially divorced. Cecilia admitted in an interview she ran with Attias in 2005. In October 2008, Cecilia Attias announced the launch of her Foundation for women’s rights. Shortly after separating from Cécilia, Sarkozy met the Italian-born singer Carla Bruni at a dinner party, they married on 2 February 2008 at the Élysée Palace in Paris.
On Twitter, Sarkozy’s ex-wife, Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz, was one of the first to wish him luck.
Back to Francois Hollande, at the time he was the leader of the Socialist Party, his long time partner, whom he married just before the elections, Ségolène Royal, was Sarkozy’s opponent at the second round of the previous elections. This time, in 2012, and for the first time, the Party decided to organise a ‘primaires’ elections to allow socialists members to vote for their representatives. Ségolène, who had by then divorced, was one candidate, opposed to her ex-partner, Francois Hollande.
The Telegraph titled : “France election 2012: Ségolène Royal and François Hollande bury the hatchet”
‘…as France’s one-time leading power couple shared the stage for the first time in five years at a presidential rally in Rennes, Britanny.”
Sadly, and not without emotion, Ségolène lost the elections to the benefit of her ex-husband. Nevertheless, she supported his campaign. Not only Ségolène was Hollande’s supporter, their son, Thomas Hollande, who had been working for her campaign in 2007, was now running for his father’s campaign.
Another women had been quietly supporting Francois Hollande, his new partner Valerie Trierweiler, a French journalist. She has been twice divorced.
Last night, and during all this Presidential campaign, Francois Hollande had the luxury of the support of his ex-wife, Ségolène Royal, his new partner Valerie Trierweiler, campaign orchestrated by his son Thomas. Even his ferocious opponent Martine Aubry seemed to have forgotten all animosity and previous political divorce, to come and celebrate his victory.
What a man !! don’t you find?
Or is this the story of a civilised divorce like all should be? Two individual who have long lived together, had three children together, realise they did not wish to share their life anymore, hence they could ‘co-habitate’ politically, with respect of their mutual interests, and hopefully for the sake of their children.
According to The Wikipedia, “In June 2007, she announced their separation just after the legislative elections that follows the presidential elections. It appeared afterwards that they were separated since 2006. She nevertheless had evoked a possible private wedding to the press during the presidential campaign.”
The world is evolving. Past the time when Francois Mitterand, not able to divorce, lived his secret life with Anne Pingeot until there secret daughter Mazarine made the story public in his book published after the death of her father.
Stories of women sacrifice? Would men also be that kind to support their ex-wives’ victory?
How many would have supported their partner’s dirty acts like Anne Sainclair has been doing for Dominique Strauss Kahn?
Will Francois Hollande officially marry Valerie Trierweiler or will she become the first un-married first lady? What’s the future for Ségolène Royal? can she be Minster of Francois Hollande? ‘A menage a trois’ ?
Interesting fact about Ségolène Royale : “In 1972, at the age of 19, Royal sued her father because he refused to divorce her mother and pay alimony and child support to finance the children’s education. She won the case after many years in court.
Here is her interview yesterday, online in French, Le Grand Journal de Canal Plus.
From my knowledge, the election of a divorced or un-maried president is rather exceptional. Maybe this is the result of another major divorce that happened in France in the 19th Century, the separation of ‘l’Eglise et de l’Etat’ or the government and the church, called ‘Laïcité’. “a concept denoting the absence of religious involvement in government affairs as well as absence of government involvement in religious affairs. Consequently, no religious education at school.
No divorce should be abusive. See my previous post ‘Abusive Jurisdiction or Abuse of Jurisdiction’. We need to learn how to divorce in this context where so many marital divorce happen.
It has to be said that one major candidate, Dominique Strauss Khan, was eliminate for his scandalous sexual affair with a hotel maid in New-York. Civil action suit still ongoing.
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DSK, sexe, politique et argent, les langues se délient.
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The world is moving and it’s good to watch !