Francois Hollande and Valérie Trierweiler want to remain just another couple after moving into the Elysée Palace. There is growing pressure on them from the public, however.
They are France’s first presidential couple not to be married. In addition, the electorate
Former presidential candidate Ségolène Royal
has been further annoyed by the low-profile stance taken by the country’s new Première Dame. During the election campaign Valérie Trierweiler had helped give her boyfriend a bit more character and charisma in the public eye. Now, however, she has no plans to stay in the limelight and instead intends to return to her career as a journalist. It’s a different story with the new president’s previous partner Ségolène Royal, who will again have a big voice in French politics after helping him on the campaign trail.