Ex-French PM’s daughter in topless photo shoot

The ex-French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin might want to avoid looking at the news in France on Friday because his topless daughter is all over it. He's not the first French politician to perhaps feel a little embarrassed by their offspring's antics.

Ex-French PM's daughter in topless photo shoot
The cover of men's magazine Lui, features Marie de Villepin, the daughter of an EX-French Prime Minister. Phot: Screengrab Lui.

Marie de Villepin, the 29-year-old old daughter of Dominique who was Prime Minister under President Jacques Chiraq, is the talk of the French press after appearing topless on the cover of French men’s magazine “Lui”.

The singer/actress/model is pictured holding an electric guitar standing on board a boat as it crosses the Hudson River in New York.

It's fair to say the appearance of Villepin has caused a buzz in France with both gossip magazines and mainstream news sites featuring the erotic shoot.

Her dad would be forgiven for being a little red-faced by her choice of clothing or lack of it, but Marie herself is quite content with baring her flesh.

“I am big girl and it's not a problem at all for me to show my breasts or my backside. You have seen my body. Right now you can move on.

And discussing her sexuality Villepin, who is also in a band named Pinkmist, said: “I kiss in French but I f**k American” and that it “wasn't always cool to have a father as a politician who is known in the media.” 


The magazine, dubbed the French version of Playboy has pulled off a series of coups in recent months by persuading some high profile names to strip for a photo shoot.

Marie de Villepin, is the latest high profile name to strip for a magazine often dubbed the French Playboy. French Bond Girl Léa Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen, star of the film “The Beech” also raised a few eyebrows and no doubted boosted sales figures when they appeared semi naked on the front covers.

(Dominique de Villepin. AGP)

Her father served as Prime Minister of France for two years between 2005 and 2007 and is still a respected figure in France, although he is no longer in front line politics.

If his daughter's previous racy photo shoot is anything to go by then Villepin may yet feel grateful for her strip.

In 2005 Villepin's bid improve his image among the public as he prepared to run for president  was given a boost when his daughter appeared in a photo spread across six pages of Elle magazine.

She appeared beneath the headline “Model Daughter”. She was described as having the appeal of a “Pre-Raphaelite Madonna”.

Villepin's campaign nevertheless failed as Nicolas Sarkozy became president two years later and again in 2012 he was forced to scrap his bid for the presidency when it became clear he had little support from the public.

He is most famous outside France for his 2003 speech to the United Nations, made when he was foreign minister, in which he laid out the case going to war in Iraq.

He is not the first French politician to feel perhaps a little embarrassed by their offspring.

Current French health minister Marisol Touraine had the ignominy of seeing her son imprisoned in 2013 for extortion.

French president François Hollande had to deal with a very public outburst by his son against his ex-partner Valerie Trierweiler as well as his youngest son who made a series about drugs and prostitutes.

Nicolas Sarkozy also came underfire when it emerged his 23-year-son was seeking to become head of La Défense – the financial district on the edge of Paris.

Perhaps the French politician most embarrassed by their child was François Mitterrand, who kept his illegitimate daughter a secret for years.

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France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had ‘marital duty’ to have sex with husband

A case has been brought against France at the European Court of Human Rights by a woman who lost a divorce case after judges ruled against her because she refused to have sex with her husband.

France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had 'marital duty' to have sex with husband
Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

The woman, who has not been named, has brought the case with the backing of two French feminist groups, arguing that the French court ruling contravened human rights legislation by “interference in private life” and “violation of physical integrity”.

It comes after a ruling in the Appeals Court in Versailles which pronounced a fault divorce in 2019 because of her refusal to have sex with her husband.

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The court ruled that the facts of the case “established by the admission of the wife, constitute a serious and renewed violation of the duties and obligations of marriage making intolerable the maintenance of a shared life”.

Feminist groups Fondation des femmes (Women’s Foundation) and Collectif féministe contre le viol (Feminist Collective against Rape) have backed her appeal, deploring the fact that French justice “continues to impose the marital duty” and “thus denying the right of women to consent or not to sexual relations”.

“Marriage is not and should not be a sexual servitude,” the joint statement says, pointing out that in 47 percent of the 94,000 recorded rapes and attempted rapes per year, the aggressor is the spouse or ex-spouse of the victim.