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Poor polls suggest rocky road for France's First Lady

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France’s First Lady has an uphill struggle to redeem her image after a notorious gaffe earlier this year that embarrassed her partner, President Hollande, according to opinion polls.

One survey out on Thursday suggests two-thirds of French people have a bad view of her. Another published on Wednesday said only 28 per cent had a favourable impression.

Valerie Trierweiler is now giving up plans to present TV documentaries, although she wants to continue work as a journalist writing for the magazine Paris Match.

She has apologised for a controversial tweet that supported a dissident challenger to Hollande’s Socialist Party in this summer’s parliamentary elections.

It also revealed her animosity to Ségolène Royal – the official party candidate and the president’s former partner – and splashed his private life all over the papers.

Despite a long silence since, commentators say Trierweiler has become a thorn in Hollande’s side as he struggles with the first difficult months of his presidency.

An interview in a regional paper yesterday in which she came clean over the gaffe has been seen as a welcome change of strategy.