Facing a 13 percent approval rating, French President François Hollande probably thought things couldn’t get much worse. Then his ex-girlfriend published a salacious tell-all memoir. The Telegraph reports:
François Hollande made sure doctors kept his spurned ex-girlfriend, Valérie Trierweiler, drugged on “astronomical” amounts of tranquillisers after their break-up to keep her in hospital and out of his hair, she claims in an explosive book published on Thursday.Much of Ms Trierweiler’s fire is turned on Ségolène Royal, the mother of the president’s four children and his ecology minister. Their relationship ended due to his affair with Ms Trierweiler. […]She also claims Miss Royal had offered not to run for president if Mr Hollande promised to leave Miss Trierweiler, and that in 2012 Miss Royal agreed to support his candidacy in primaries in exchange for “financial” gain.Miss Royal poured scorn on the book on Thursday, particularly over claims that Mr Hollande “doesn’t like the poor” and refers to them as “toothless”.
This would be no more than the usual comic fodder that democracy tends to create in all countries, except that Europe is facing grave crises right now, ranging from a stagnant economy to an inability to defend itself. And though France is often regarded as a leader of the European Union, its mounting problems threaten to paralyze French policymaking in the face of the gravest circumstances in Europe in many years.
France, Europe and the world cannot afford to see the French president lose his political authority at this dangerous moment in world history. We must hope that President Hollande finds a way to serve out the rest of his term with dignity and competence; Ms Trierweiler is entitled to her feelings, but in revenging herself on an ex-lover she has wounded her country and the world.