Hollande made to feel at home on Broadway

The French president is clearly enjoying his trip to New York, where he took time out to visit Times Square and made a beeline for a group of dancers from the Moulin Rouge.

Hollande made to feel at home on Broadway
French president François Hollande meets with dancers from the Moulin Rouge in New York. Photo: AFP

Hollande is in New York for a meeting of the UN General Assembly, but he had perhaps had enough of diplomats on Sunday.

The president caused a stir when he turned up at the “Best of France” event in Times Square, which is highlighting the best France has to offer.

Whilst there Hollande once again demonstrated his love for the selfie as he posed for photos with bystanders.

Aside from French entrepreneurs and business leaders Hollande provided the press with the photo opportunity they had been looking for when he posed with 17 dancers from The Moulin Rouge.

“This is the only thing they will be talking about from my trip,” he is reported to have told the troupe.


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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.