President Hollande is a crafty old devil. With his public support at a very low level and his tenure at the Élysée Palace coming to an end in a year’s time, he is now deploying his actress lover the delectable Julie Gayet as his main weapon to boost his image as he embarks on an uphill battle to be re-elected.
Ms Gayet, 42, who spends most of her time giving a much-needed physical comfort to the president but refrains from appearing in public, is ferried in and out of the Élysée Palace in cars with blacked-out windows now that she is busy at work in her new task.
She is being briefed by Mr Hollande’s media managers to spread the word that the socialist president, 61, is a warm, loveable and likeable character. The couple’s well-publicised affair began when Ms Gayet, who hails from a well-to-do, left-wing family was supporting Mr Hollande’s campaign in 2011. At the time he was living with Valérie Trierweiler. Miss Gayet was currently receiving star treatment at the Cannes Film Festival despite having no film on show.
‘The president is already campaigning and Gayet’s communication activity is now under orders, at the service of restoring his image,’ a senior Palace media strategist said. ‘She must help make people see him as a nice and straight forward guy.’
Le Canard Enchaîné, the satirical weekly newspaper said: ‘Everything is being done to erase the disaster of the Trierweiler years and what the Hollande entourage calls his ‘ghastly women troubles’. The pair are a ‘loving’ couple according to Mademoiselle a book published this week.
I wonder what the Rottweiler will say next about her ex-lover now that she has almost faded into oblivion. Will anybody listen to her anymore? Time will only tell.