Hollande's ex meets fans at end of UK book tour
Francois Hollande's former partner Valerie Trierweiler on Tuesday ended her visit to London with a signing session for her tell-all book, which lays bare her turbulent relationship with the French president.
Around 50 people came to Hatchards bookshop on Piccadilly, in the heart of the British capital, to meet Trierweiler and have her sign their copies of "Thank You For This Moment: A story of Love, Power and Betrayal".
"I came to see what kind of a woman Valerie Trierweiler is," Frenchwoman Rosamund Oudart, 64, said in the line.
"I want to see the type of woman who attracts President Hollande".
The retired language teacher added that Trierweiler, a journalist, had a right to tell her side of the story "and now she's going to put money aside for her children and for herself.
"That's good, why not?" she asked.
The event also attracted Britons fascinated by the complex love life of the French leader.
"This is a tragic and funny story. Ultimately, everything depends on the point of view you take," said Donald McPhail, 71.
"French presidents have a tradition of that sort of thing don't they?" he added with a wink. "You'd be considered a bit of a wimp if you don't have a mistress."
Despite having already released her book in France, Trierweiler waited until her tour of Britain before giving promotional interviews.
She told reporters on Tuesday, mostly in French, that she was "glad to be in England".
In the interviews with the BBC and the Times newspaper, Trierweiler denied she had tried to commit suicide after being dumped by Hollande and said she had revealed intimate details of their affair "to finish it forever".
The book has been translated into twelve languages, including Russian and Chinese, and is close to selling out in Britain, according to her British editor Iain Dale.
It may be flying off the shelves, but the book has been panned by critics. "It is painful to read, and not just for Mr Hollande," read a review by The Guardian newspaper.
© 2014 AFP