First Lady tag is a bit old-school: Valerie Trierweiler

Jun 08, 2012, 08:55 IST | Agencies

More than three weeks after her partner Francois Hollande tookoffice as France's president, Valerie Trierweiler still doesn't know what she wants to be called.

In an interview on Thursday, Trierweiler said she feels the term “first lady” is a bit old-school, and she’s been fielding ideas about the right way to refer to her. She’s also returning to her career in journalism for the first time since Hollande took office.  For Paris Match magazine’s latest edition on Thursday, Trierweiler wrote a review of a biography of former American first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. No mistaking the irony: the first line was “Look at that! A journalist first lady isn’t new.”

Modelling herself after Eleanor: For her first assignment as a cultural writer, France’s First Lady chose to write about Eleanor Roosevelt, who was also a working First Lady. File Pic

“Naturally, you need to look across the Atlantic to discover this unique case, instead of crying scandal.” Paris Match says the new focus on book and arts reviews will avoid any conflict of interest with her personal life as the unmarried partner of 57-year-old Hollande. “This mother of six comes to terms with having sometimes different opinions than FDR and refuses to be reduced to silence,” wrote Trierweiler about Eleanor.

She went on to explain how America’s First Lady began writing for various publications before embarking on a syndicated daily newspaper column that chronicled her life at the White House.

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