President Hollande may have firm views on his right to privacy, but questions are being asked where the allegations of his affair with an actress leave France’s first lady.
And while the French press must operate under strict privacy laws, journalists from abroad are freer to comment.
British journalist David Chazan of ‘The Times’ is enjoying the president’s discomfort:“Yes, it’s a bit shocking but at the same time we like it, we love it, it is a good scandal, there is sex, there is power, there is the paparazzi. We love it.”
Magnus Falkehed from Sweden who works for ‘Dagens Nyheter’ believes he understands France’s leader: “His real problem is that he wanted to have a kind of “classical” first lady next to him at the beginning of his mandate, but he needed to have made his choice at the very beginning.”
Germany’s Leo Kimm from ‘Capital’ thinks Hollande should be more open: “If the president appears with a woman, it means he wants to say to his people, “Here is my partner” And that’s how she is being seen, so there is an obligation to be truthful on this issue…it can’t be completely a private concern.”