Our dog-eating president got one look at her and remarked, “man, she looks tasty!”
But if he appears dull on paper, there is a racy back story to Monsieur Hollande. It involves the mother of his four children, the politician Segolene Royal, with whom he lived for 30 years but from whom he separated acrimoniously six years ago, when it emerged that he was having an affair with a journalist named Valerie Trierweiler.
It was Royal who ran for President as the Socialist candidate at the last general election. Now, it is her former partner Hollande who is hoping to lead France, with his new lover — nicknamed The Rottweiler — at his side as First Lady.
President Barack Obama congratulated French president-elect Francois Hollande for his victory Sunday, but warned of “challenges” ahead, a clear reference to Afghanistan and eurozone debt crisis.
The US president was among the first world leaders to welcome Hollande’s election as France’s first Socialist president in nearly two decades, a result sure to have major implications for Europe as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis.
Obama invited Hollande for bilateral talks at the White House later this month ahead of a G8 leaders meeting he will host at his Camp David retreat in Maryland between May 18-19, and a NATO transatlantic alliance summit in Chicago on May 20-21.
In a telephone call, Obama “indicated that he looks forward to working closely with Mr Hollande and his government on a range of shared economic and security challenges,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.
Like Obama, Hollande also hates successful people.
The 57-year-old Socialist has openly admitted that he “does not like the rich” and declared that “my real enemy is the world of finance”. This means taxing the wealthy by up to 75 per cent, curtailing the activities of Paris as a centre for financial dealing, and ploughing millions into creating more civil service jobs.
Add an explicit threat to renegotiate the euro pact to replace austerity with “growth-creating” spending, and you have one of the most vehemently left-wing programmes in recent history.
France is doomed, but you already knew that.