A seemingly innocent message of support for a Socialist parliamentary candidate has landed French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler in hot water.
She wrote on Twitter that she is backing Olivier Falorni to triumph over Segolene Royal in the town of La Rochelle the next round of the parliamentary elections on June 17.
“Good luck to Olivier Falorni who is a worthy candidate and who has been fighting next to the people of Rochelle with selfless commitment,“ the 47-year-old Paris Match journalist tweeted.
Courage à Olivier Falorni qui n’a pas démérité, qui se bat aux côtés des rochelais depuis tant d’ années dans un engagement désintéressé.— Valerie Trierweiler (@valtrier) Juin 12, 2012
But the only problem is that her partner, French President Francois Hollande, has been vocal in his support for Royal: the woman with whom he has four children from a relationship that lasted more than 30 years.
Royal failed in her presidential battle against Sarkozy in 2007 and came fourth with 7% of the vote in the 2011 primary elections to choose the Socialist Party’s candidate for the recent campaign.
Victory in La Rochelle is far from a done deal. Falorni got 29% of the vote compared to Royal’s 32% in the first round.