Valérie Trierweiler

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Valérie Trierweiler
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Born Valérie Massonneau
(1965-02-16) 16 February 1965 (age 49)
Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France
Alma mater University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne
Spouse(s) Franck Thurieau (Divorced)
Denis Trierweiler (Divorced)
Partner(s) François Hollande (2007–2014)
Children 3
Signature Valerie Trierweiler signature.jpg

Valérie Trierweiler (French pronunciation: ​[valeʁi tʁiɛʁvɛlɛːʁ]) (née Massonneau; born 16 February 1965) is a French journalist.[1] She has hosted political talk shows and has contributed to Paris Match.

She is mainly known outside France for having been the partner of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, until January 2014.[2]


Early life[edit]

Massonneau was born in Angers, the fifth child of six.[3] Her father, Jean-Noël Massonneau, lost a leg on a landmine during World War II when he was 13,[4] and died at the age of 53, when his daughter was 21.[3] Her grandfather and great-grandfather owned the bank Massonneau & Co., which was sold in 1950 to the French bank Crédit de l'Ouest. Her mother worked at the front desk of the Angers ice rink following the death of her father.[3] Massonneau studied history[3] and political science and obtained a DESS in political science from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.[5]


In 2005, she hosted political talk shows, especially interviews, on the Direct 8 television channel. She hosted the weekly political talk show Le Grand 8 until 2007. She has co-hosted with Mikaël Guedj the weekly show Politiquement parlant ("politically speaking") since September of that year.

In 2012, she announced that she would keep her contract as a journalist with the Paris Match magazine despite her boyfriend being elected the President of France.[6]

On 12 June 2012, she caused a considerable controversy by sending a tweet to express her support for Olivier Falorni, who was standing for election as a dissident socialist candidate at La Rochelle, against Ségolène Royal, François Hollande's former partner. Hollande had already made public his support for Royal's campaign.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Her first marriage, to childhood friend Franck Thurieau,[9] ended in divorce with no children. Her second marriage was to Denis Trierweiler, a sub-editor at Paris Match magazine,[10] and a writer and academic. This marriage produced three children and divorce proceedings took three years (2007-2010).

She met François Hollande during the parliamentary elections of 1988 while he was living with Ségolène Royal. They began their relationship in 2007 when she was still a married woman and made it public in October 2010 after the divorce was declared.[4]

On 20 October 2011, she filed a claim against X (a person or persons unknown) in the Paris courts, for the illegal collecting and processing of personal information about her, when the weekly L'Express published an article stating that she was the subject of an undisclosed investigation into her past and her circle led by the intelligence branch of the Paris police.[citation needed] A subsequent investigation concluded that the file on her was a forgery, and the case was closed without any further action. The police department responsible for investigating crimes against individuals has, however, been asked to investigate further.[citation needed]

On 7 December 2013, the news magazine Le Point reported claims made elsewhere that one of Trierweiler's sons had avoided prosecution for several offences, including one involving the trafficking of narcotics.[11]

In January 2014, a story in the celebrity magazine Closer featured seven pages of alleged revelations and photos about an affair between Hollande and French actress Julie Gayet.[12][13] Trierweiler was subsequently admitted to hospital on 10 January "for rest and some tests".[14][15] On January 17, Hollande made his first private visit to see her in hospital.[16][17] On 25 January, it was announced her relationship with Hollande had ended.[18]


  1. ^ Valérie Trierweiler, la femme discrète, Le Point, 24 February 2011
  2. ^ "François Hollande officialise sa séparation avec Valérie Trierweiler". Le Monde. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d ""Valérie Trierweiler sort de l'ombre" par Marion Van Renterghem". Le Monde. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Marie Guichoux (20–26 October 2011). "De l'ombre à la lumière". Le Nouvel Observateur (2450). pp. 68–69. 
  5. ^ "Valérie Trierweiler, la femme discrète". Le Point. 24 Feb 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Valérie Trierweiler, partner of new French President François Hollande: What you need to know". The Periscope Post. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hollande's partner Trierweiler in Royal Twitter row". BBC News. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Steven Erlanger. (12 June 2012). An Endorsement From France’s First Lady Causes a Stir The New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  9. ^ Alain Bourmaud; Nadia Le Brun (4 October 2012). Valérie Trierweiler, la dame de pique. Edi8 - First Editions. p. 47. ISBN 978-2-7540-4942-9. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "François, Ségolène et Valérie". Le Nouvel Observateur. 31 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Aziz Zemouri "Passe-droit pour le fils de Valérie Trierweiler ?", Le Point, 7 December 2013 (French)
  12. ^ Vie privée : Hollande veut porter plainte contre « Closer »Le Monde, 10 January 2014
  13. ^ "Rumeur Hollande-Gayet: Closer va retirer l'information de son site". Le Figaro (in French). 10 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "French First Lady in hospital after alleged Hollande affair", BBC News, 12 January 2014
  15. ^ Adam Withnail "French first lady Valerie Trierweiler ‘in hospital’ following Francois Hollande affair claims", The Independent, 12 January 2014
  16. ^ "French President visits Hospitalized First Lady". Weekly Times. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "French President visits Hospitalized First Lady". Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  18. ^ France's Hollande 'to split from Valerie Trierweiler' BBC. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.

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