The REAL Questions of President Hollande’s Alleged Affair
Really, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. French presidents, and American ones, too, have been having affairs, well, er, since the First Republic! History shows it just goes with the office!
Charles de Gaulle was, perhaps, the only French president not to have one. OK, perhaps, that’s not totally true. But it is widely known that many French presidents, and aspiring ones, too, a node and a wink in the direction of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, enjoyed the company of more than just their partners.
So the current aghast at Monsieur Hollande’s alleged behaviour sounds a bit faux and disingenuous to say the least.
So what are the real questions of President Hollande’s alleged affair?
Before posing them, let’s first acknowledge that President Hollande surely has some management skills. He was able to successfully execute and manage the alleged relationship even though his partner and First Lady, Valerie Trierweiler, was also ensconced at the Elysee Palace!
The public too were none the wiser, that is, of course, until the story was broken by the French tabloid Closer. And, perhaps, that was President Hollande’s first mistake – never get photographed in private together!
So, my first question is, while he was successfully juggling affairs of the heart, who was managing the other mistress that all French presidents must keep close to their breast, and that is, of course, la mademoiselle, France herself?
And why was France neglected to such an extent that in the third quarter of 2013, the French economy contracted by 0.1% while the rest of Europe was growing with UK recording the highest growth rate among OECD countries?
And why has France proposed one of the highest tax burdens in Europe, a whopping 75%, which will surely hurt the French economy, as those businesses and individuals that can, leave to avoid it – as has already happened with Russian emigre Gerard Depardieu? It doesn’t make sense!
And on a security note, whilst in the private company of his alleged mistress, was the French head-of-state safe and sufficiently protected?
These are some of the more important questions that should be asked of Francois Hollande as he wrestles with another presidential faux pas.