France’s future first lady took to the web to tweet her joy at the election of her partner, Francois Hollande, as France’s first Socialist president in nearly two decades.
“Simply proud to accompany the new president of the republic and still just as happy to share Francois’ life,” Valerie Trierweiler announced on the social network.
Trierweiler followed several election campaigns as a political journalist before and during her hitherto private partnership with Hollande.
The 47-year-old was credited as adding a little glamour to a partner who was seen as too down to earth to seem truly presidential.
The mother of three is credited with helping Hollande to shed 10 kilos and convincing him to drop his avuncular, jokey performances for a more statesman-like stance.
Her predecessor in Hollande’s affections was Segolene Royal, mother of his four children and their Socialist Party’s defeated 2007 presidential candidate.
Royal is still a figure in the party, and will probably play a role in Hollande’s new government or become speaker of the parliament.