By Peter Allen for MailOnline. Valerie Trierweiler had tweeted support for a politician standing against Segolene Royal, 58, in parliamentary elections. Backtrack: France's controversial new first lady Valerie Trierweiler left now 'regrets' humiliating the mother of the President's four children Segolene Royal right.
Photos of French Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal in a turquoise bikini have sparked major controversy in a country where politicians are still accustomed to a great deal of privacy. The photos have sparked widespread radio and newspaper comment including a long article in the ultra-serious Le Monde. The comment is undoubtedly true but it may also have been aimed at warding off complaints about intrusion.
But here, even the middle-aged men seem eager to make a woman their next president. To allay voters' concerns about a tepid economy, high unemployment and pervasive globalization, Royal has portrayed herself as the mother protector of the nation. The strategy is more feminine than feminist.
Ms Royal had an image makeover before launching her election bid According to a spokesman, Ms Royal "does not want to give the photographs more importance than they deserve", though she does regard them as a breach of her personal privacy that could be actionable in law. They show her in a turquoise bikini, walking along a beach, swimming and sunbathing on a rubber dinghy. Hollande and the couple's elder daughter - they have four children - are also shown.
French commentators described Trierweiler's legal action as hypocritical given that she declined to attack her own employer, saying she felt "ill at ease" doing so. Her lawyer's argument was that Paris Match published the pictures inside the magazine, not on the front. The ruling at the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris will fuel criticism from sections of the French press that it is inappropriate for Trierweiler to keep her position as a columnist.
PARIS Reuters - Paparazzi photographs of Socialist presidential hopeful Segolene Royal in a turquoise bikini have raised eyebrows in France and underlined the spread of celebrity culture into France's traditionally sober political coverage. This week's edition of celebrity magazine "Closer" included a cover picture of Royal on holiday in bathing suit, cap and sunglasses as part of a survey of "50 stars at the beach". Its rival VSD followed up with a similar photo of Royal juxtaposed with a picture of Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative she may well face in next year's presidential election, jogging on the beach over the headline: "Duel in the sun".
By Chris Parsons. Segolene Royal reignited her row with the French First Lady last night when she blamed Valerie Trierweiler for her presidential election defeat to Nicolas Sarkozy. The pair had becomed embroiled in a political spat last week when it emerged that Miss Trierweiler had tweeted support for a politician standing against Miss Royal, 58, in parliamentary elections.
France on Thursday inaugurated the world's first "solar highway", a road paved with solar panels providing enough energy to power the street lights of the small Normandy town of Tourouvre. World News Reuters Wednesday February 17, French Environment Minister Segolene Royal said today she would take over the presidency of UN climate talks, seeking to implement a global deal reached last year to shift away from fossil fuels, after former foreign minister Laurent Fabius quit.
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