Valerie Trierweiler fuels controversy with TV show hosting gig

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 09:40 hrs

Controversial French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has sparked criticism after it was revealed that she may host her own TV show.

President Francois Hollande's 47-year-old love interest has been regularly accused of a conflict of interest as she remains on the staff of the glossy celebrity magazine Paris Match.

Trierweiler, who has her own office and staff at the Elysee Palace, has critics suggesting that she should choose between being the partner of a head-of-state or to be a journalist.

Now, French TV channel Canal Plus has confirmed an "informal contact" with Trierweiler, to discuss hosting a cultural show every two months, the Daily Mail reported.

She has TV experience, having worked on a similar Saturday programme on French TV channel Direct 8, in the past.

In response to the growing scandal, the distinguished Paris political analyst, Bruno Roger-Petit said that Trierweiler's proposed programme could easily include "artists" who politically back Hollande.

Roger-Petit also said that even a cultural progamme was "deeply political" and that "it is perhaps time to define a legal framework to give status to the partner of the President of the Republic." (ANI)

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