The Élysée Palace in Paris, home of the President of France
You all are a very shy lot, I have been angling for comments but only getting some private ones. Thank you again Julia from Germany for your remark, which has caught me off-guard.
You said you wanted to be kinder to women in 2014, but you have insulted Gwyneth Paltrow and Elizabeth Hurley in your post about the pink handbags.
Ehhhmmmmmm, yes that is true, I was not very kind to Gwyneth or Liz.
Speaking of women being kind, it has been reported all around Europe this weekend that the President of France, François Hollande, has had an affair with an actress. His partner, Valérie Trierweiler, has reportedly checked into hospital for stress related problems. Valérie is no stranger to extra-marital affairs, because she had one herself with Hollande while he was still attached to fellow politician Ségolène Royal. To add insult to injury, Valérie who is decribed in the Daily Beast as "a feisty tweeter", later expressed her political support via Twitter for Ségolène's adversary in a local election, after Ségolène's ex François had wholeheartedly supported her. Ségolène and François have four children, and the whole thing was awkward to say the least.
Does Ms Trierweiler deserve everything she gets? She now lives at the Élysée Palace, as she is the President's partner. If they break up, she will have to go back to normal life, in a normal house or flat, not a palace in Paris. Even the kind person in me cannot help thinking she deserves to be kicked out on her butt, with the President pursuing his new love interest in the public. There you go, there is my problem, as we say in Dutch: nu komt de aap uit de mouw (now the monkey comes out of the sleeve, which means now the true character has been exposed). I can only be kind to nice people. When it comes to mean ones like Valérie Trierweiler, I have got too many monkeys up my sleeves, and probably down my trouser legs as well.
But Liz and Gwyneth are not mean, so point well taken, Julia, I must not be rude about them for the sake of a cheeky post.