Rottweiler. Hmm. We've heard that one before--used to describe Camilla Parker-Bowles who was rather in the same position as France's current First Girlfriend.
It must be said that statistics were against her. Statistically, men don't leave their wives. Not for a mistress. (One can argue the exact date things got cozy between the two.) Statistically, in the rare instance they do leave, they dump the wife and the mistress because statistically "once a cheater.......".
Francois Hollande is in the minority. He left his wife and political partner of 30 years for her. Then he reached his goal--monsieur le president.
So why is Ms. Treirweiler waging a rather pathetic and thinly veiled battle against Ségolène Royal?
Is it because, unlike Charles, Francois has not yet whisked her off to the marie to officialize her status? Is it because despite her years of experience as a journalist she lacks the tactful restraint needed when dealing with private matters in an public arena? Perhaps she suffers from acute OWS (Other Woman Syndrome)?
Even before the Presidency she was using her contacts to tightly control her image. Woe to the journalist who referenced the children as being born to the Hollande-Royal couple. Mais non! It must read "ex-couple", she demanded. She was now top dog.
Alas, what can be done? Ségolène was his "wife". She is the mother of their children. She's a well-known political figure (she's also known for her own brand of quirkiness which makes you wonder about Franky's taste in women...but that's another story for another day). She has, for all her faults, acted most graciously in light of the situation. Years spent in a political partnership just to be left behind while he went on to be victorious with another at his side. It would have been understandable if she'd have shown up with a casserole dish of venom to that little fête. She didn't though. Instead, she took the high road and continued on towards an amended political goal. A seat in Parliament.
Meanwhile, on the other side, articles were amended, pictures were deleted, text threats were sent, pictures were orchestrated (really? You have the gall to put Ms. Royal on the spot by obliging her to shake your hand in front of the photogs)....and now? Tweeting support for the ex's political adversary. Unfortunately for her, Ms. Treirweiler's history of eccentric behavior takes the wind out what could have been the ultimate coup de grâce.
Perhaps it's time to take action. Get married. Get over it. Get a muzzle.