Sarkozy was an ‘absolute bastard’ to Hollande

A new book has revealed President Hollande’s hatred towards Sarkozy during the battle to be head of state earlier this year.

Sarkozy was an 'absolute bastard' to Hollande
LCP Assemblée Nationale

Author Laurent Binet, who was invited by Hollande to follow him during his campaigning, describes how the victorious socialist Party candidate regularly referred Sarkozy as an “absolute bastard” in private.

The book, entitled “Nothing Happens as Planned”, includes details of what appears to be a bitter rivalry between the two politicians.

While watching a televised interview with Sarkozy, in which he called for Hollande to condemn Martine Aubry’s comparison of the then President to Bernard Madoff, Binet reports Hollande shouted at the screen that Sarkozy will do time in prison too.

Binet also says the episode in which Hollande was caught by the media calling Sarkozy a “sale mec”, or shady character, made him laugh “because in private he regularly called him an absolute bastard, in a very calm manner.”

The book is to be released in early September.

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French president’s ex girlfriend says she has been sacked by magazine

Valerie Trierweiler, the ex-girlfriend of former French president François Hollande, said on Thursday that she had been sacked by Paris Match magazine.

French president's ex girlfriend says she has been sacked by magazine
Valerie Trierweiler wrote a tell-all book about the former president's affair. Photo: AFP

The journalist took revenge on Hollande for spurning her for actress Julie Gayet with a sensational 2014 kiss-and-tell memoir called Thank You for This Moment, which all but sank Hollande's presidency.

The book became an instant bestseller, and Hollande, a Socialist, never lived down his alleged references to the “toothless” poor.

Trierweiler, 55, had worked for the glossy weekly as a political correspondent, interviewer and columnist for three decades.


“I discovered in the middle of my summer holidays in an extremely brutal way that I have been sacked from Paris Match after 30 years,” Trierweiler said on Twitter.

“This sacking was for no reason and has left me shocked and astonished,” she added.

Trierweiler was famously admitted to hospital after Hollande's affair was revealed by paparazzi images of his nightly visits by scooter to Gayet's apartment.

The politician had tried to portray himself as a safe pair of hands “Mr Normal” in contrast to his mercurial predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.

As well as spending most of her career at Paris Match, Trierweiler also interviews politicians for the French television channel Direct 8.