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Juicy Trierweiler memoir to be made into film

The Local · 5 Jan 2015, 17:35

Published: 05 Jan 2015 17:35 GMT+01:00

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Actress and producer Saida Jawad, a friend of Trierweiler’s,  told Gala magazine that plans were afoot to rework for the screen a book that had all of France flicking through its pages last year.

“Rosemary Films, my production company, in agreement with Valérie, is developing the film adaptation of the bestseller and is considering co-productions with French and international companies," Jawad told the magazine.

"I guarantee that you will discover new things" in the movie adaptation. She said Trierweiler -- whom she described as a very close friend -- would have final say over the film.

Jawad vowed the film would not be controversial.

"I'm not looking to make a controversial film, I just want to tell the story of the fight of a woman in love, even if the story is exceptional because the man she loves is the president," she said.

“I find it unfair the way she has been treated since the release of Thank You for This Moment," she added.

The memoir lays bare the turbulent, six-year relationship that Trierweiler experienced with Hollande, including 18 months by his side after he became president in 2012. It portrays France's unpopular Socialist head of state as a callous egotist.

The biopic would require changes from the book to make it work for the big screen, notably with the character representing Trierweiler "recounting her story to a confidante, so the political context is better understood," Jawad said.

In one of the book's most quoted excerpts, she caused embarrassment for the president by accusing him of referring to poor people as “the toothless.”

She also claimed Hollande tried to regain her affections after the break-up.

“He says he will win me back, as if I was another election”, Trierweiler wrote.

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As well as humiliating her ex with the book, it also emerged that phenomenal sales figured has made Trierweiler richer than her former partner.

Trierweiler, 49, who works for French magazine Paris Match, has already earned more than 1.3 million euros ($1.5 million) in France alone from her book, according to her publisher. It remains in the top three books being sold in France.

SEE ALSO: The juiciest bits from Trierweiler's tell-all memoir

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