France's first lady to continue as reporter

Jun 05, 2012, 06:04 IST | Agencies

French President Francois Hollande's partner Valerie Trierweiler said she will not leave her job but will cover culture instead of politics

It seems that Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s partner is doing everything to keep up her promise of being a working First Lady. She told the media that she has no intentions of giving up her job.

Working woman: Valerie Trierweiler will review books, art exhibitions and cultural figures. File Pic/Getty Images

Trierweiler, a twice-divorced 47-year-old mother of three teenagers, became France’s First Lady when Francois Hollande, whom she began dating in 2007, won the French presidency on May 6.

A long-time political journalist, Trierweiler will instead now cover culture, reviewing books and art exhibitions and interviewing cultural figures, said Paris Match editorial director Olivier Royant.

“Valerie expressed to me her desire to remain a journalist, to work, to continue doing her job,” he said, adding that her work would appear “two or three times a month in the cultural pages.”

Trierweiler had earlier said she wanted to continue working as a journalist but not to cover politics. France’s national union of journalists, the SNJ, recently raised concerns about journalists who are in relationships with members of Hollande’s new government.

The SNJ said they should “distance themselves from coverage of events which may involve their relationships” in order to “not be suspected of conflicts of interest.”

France Inter public radio recently announced it was cancelling a programme hosted by journalist Audrey Pulvar, the partner of Reindustrialisation Minister Arnaud Montebourg.  Labour Minister Michel Sapin and Education Minister Vincent Peillon are also married to journalists working in the written press.

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