France's spurned ex-first lady attacked for kiss-and-tell book

France’s former first lady Valerie Trierweiler was roundly attacked Thursday for her kiss-and-tell book about her acrimonious split with President Francois Hollande after his affair with an actress. The surprise memoir, which hit bookstands on Thursday and in which she recounts her stormy relationship with Hollande, was described as “outrageous” by Prime Minister Manuel Valls and a “dishonour for France” by right-wing leader Marine Le Pen, usually a trenchant critic of Hollande. Hollande’s previous partner Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children whom he left for Trierweiler, also shot down as “rubbish” the book’s claim that Hollande — who became France’s first Socialist president in nearly two decades when he was elected 2012 — secretly despised the poor.

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