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Potential first lady furious after becoming her own mag’s cover girl

The journalist girlfriend of French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande tweeted Thursday she was furious to find herself on the front of the glossy Paris Match magazine she works for.

Potential first lady furious after becoming her own mag's cover girl

“What a shock to find yourself on the front page of your own paper. I am angry to see the use of photos without my agreement and without letting me know,” Valerie Trierweiler posted to the popular micro-blogging site Twitter.

The elegant brunette who may soon be France’s first lady – if as predicted by the polls Hollande wins the April-May vote – was pictured on the front of the weekly alongside her long-standing partner.

“Francois Hollande’s charming asset. The story of how their love was born,” ran the front-page headline, followed up inside by several pages of pictures and text about the couple.

Trierweiler has worked for Paris Match – which provides a mix of politics, celebrity news and reportage – since 1989, but last November agreed not to cover politics for the magazine during the presidential campaign.

Hollande is the former partner of Segolene Royal, who lost the presidential election in 2007 to the current French leader Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande and Royal had four children together – but they split before the vote.

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France slams Belarus’ ‘arbitrary’ crackdown on foreign media

France on Sunday condemned an "arbitrary" crackdown against the media in Belarus after the accreditation of several journalists working for foreign media was withdrawn in the wake of disputed presidential elections.

France slams Belarus' 'arbitrary' crackdown on foreign media
Belarus opposition supporters protesting against disputed presidential elections results in Minsk on August 27. Photo: Sergei Gapon/AFP
“The arbitrary measures taken by the Belarusian authorities against journalists violate press freedom,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement.
   
“I call on the Belarusian authorities to reverse these measures without delay,” he added, saying that the crisis in Belarus requires “the establishment of an inclusive national dialogue”.
   
“Repressive measures against journalists cannot help,” he said.
   
Belarusian authorities on Saturday withdrew the accreditation of journalists working for several foreign media, including AFP, ahead of a major demonstration Sunday challenging the results of the presidential election.
   
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, has faced unprecedented protests since the disputed August 9 election in which he claimed a landslide victory with 80 percent of the vote in a poll
that the opposition says was rigged.
   
 
Belarus government spokesman Anatoly Glaz said the decision to revoke the media accreditations was taken on the recommendation of the country's counter-terrorism unit.
   
He did not specify how many journalists were affected by the measure, but foreign media including the BBC, Reuters and Radio Liberty reported the withdrawal of accreditation of several of their journalists.
   
Belarusian journalists working for Agence France-Presse also had their accreditation revoked.
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