Hollande tried to win me back, says ex in tell-all book

Wed Sep 3, 2014 6:10am EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande's former companion writes in a tell-all book to be published this week that months after their public breakup he was trying to win her back with flowers, dinner invitations and barrages of text messages.

Valerie Trierweiler, a journalist for glossy magazine Paris Match, lived with Hollande at the Elysee presidential palace for a year and a half until a gossip magazine exposed his secret relationship with actress Julie Gayet, 42, in January.

After her breakup with the president, Trierweiler, 49, granted interviews and kept up a weekly literary column.

But her 320-page book - written in secret and due to be published on Thursday - describes as yet unknown episodes including how Hollande tore a bag of sleeping pills out of her hand when she tried to swallow them during their breakup, according to excerpts published by Paris Match.

Trierweiler also writes of her own "uncontrollable" jealousy toward Segolene Royal, the woman with whom Hollande had four children over quarter of a century and who is now a minister in his government.

She also speaks of coldness and mean-spirited stabs, and of his attempts to win her back after their breakup by sending up to 29 text messages in a day.

"The news of Julie Gayet was on the morning news," reads one excerpt of the book, titled "Thank you for this Moment".

"I run into the bathroom. I take the little plastic bag containing the sleeping pills. Francois follows me. He tries to tear away the bag. (...) He catches the bag, which tears (...) I manage to gather up some of them. I want to sleep, I do not want to live the hours to come."

She was briefly hospitalized at that time.   Continued...

French President Francois Hollande (L) and his companion Valerie Trierweiler arrive for a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris May 7, 2013, as part of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski's two-day visit to France.   REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool