Hollande commends Chavez’s ‘fight for justice’

French President Francois Hollande sent his condolences on Wednesday following the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, whom he praised for his determination "to fight for justice."

Hollande commends Chavez's 'fight for justice'
The death of Chavez was on the front page of newspapers across the world on Wednesday. Photo: Luis robayo/AFP

In a presidential statement, Hollande passed on his "deepest condolences to the Venezuelan people," after Chavez succumbed to cancer in Caracas on Tuesday.

"At the head of his nation since 1999," the Venezuelan president "has profoundly marked his country's history," Hollande said.

"The late president expressed, while his temperament and the positions he took were not shared by everyone, an undeniable wish to fight for justice and development," the statement continued.

"I am sure that Venezuela will overcome this test of its democracy and stability," Hollande concluded.

The death of the Venezuelan leader on Tuesday was naturally the top story on almost all French media websites, with numerous articles dedicated to the firebrand leader.

Right leaning Le Figaro's leading article was titled "Chavez – the end of a provocateur". Left leaning Liberation, on the other hand, leads with the tributes paid to the fallen leader, who finally lost his battle against cancer, from across Latin America and indeed the French president. " 'An irreplaceable' loss to Latin America" reads the headline.

Europe1 radio, like many media sites discusses Chavez's legacy to the world with its leading article titled "Who was Chavez: A liberator or despot?".

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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.