Paris is buzzing and refreshed at la Rentrée. Tons of new exhibits open this fall - the Picasso museum is re-opening after several years, la Nuit Blanche, the all night party is coming up, soon will be the Patrimony Days where historic buildings all over Paris (and Europe) will open up for one weekend a year. Mushrooms and chantrelles will be hunted in the forest.
For someone who has never held an official political position, Valérie
may have just played the most important move in the coming downfall of President François Hollande with her surprise, tell-all book chronicling her seven years at his side.
One critic described the book’s barbed purple prose as 'worthy of Barbara Cartland'. Others 'dirty laundry.'
However, some entrepreneurial booksellers appeared ready to use interest in the book to divert readers to other, weightier tomes. “Apologies - we don’t have Valerie Trierweiler’s book but we do still have some Balzac, Dumas, Maupassant, etc…” one sign read.
The 200,000 copies of Ms Trierweiler's book are reported to have sold out. More are being printed, and are expected to be on the shelves by Wednesday.
A bookseller near Paris said he expected sales to reach half a million.
He said the book was "a huge success of the kind you only see once a decade"while the book had "displeased the politicians" it sold well to "the middle classes who feel under attack by President Hollande" and have seen their taxes rise since he came to power.
Many say Hollande’s zigzagging fiscal policies and awkward political triangulations in the snakepit of his first red-green coalition Cabinet harmed him much more – as did the French economy’s persistent doldrums, rising unemployment, zero growth and overall malaise.
Not for nothing did Trierweiler live in the Elysée fishbowl for a year and a half: when she finally decided to write her book, at the beginning of the summer, she disconnected from the internet, and never sent anything by email. The manuscript was secretly printed in Germany by an independent publishing house, and Hollande only learnt of its existence last Tuesday.
On her own, the ex-First Girlfriend has managed complete secrecy and a coup — something her one-time lover has never succeeded to achieve in the two and a half years he’s been President.
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