Valerie Trierweiler has caused nothing but trouble as First Lady, says mag's boss

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 06, 2012 06:54 hrs

Valerie Trierweiler's boss has said that she has caused "nothing but trouble" at the magazine where she works since becoming France's First Lady, according to a new book.

Arnaud Lagardere, billionaire owner of Paris Match, the glossy weekly, allegedly viewed the 47-year-old divorcee as "an unpinned grenade" whose contract he did not wish to renew at the end of the year.

The comments come from a new biography on the controversial 51-year old arms and media tycoon by journalist Jacqueline Remy, extracts of which were published in Marianne magazine, the Telegraph reported.

In 'Arnaud Lagardere, The Heir Who Wanted To Live His Life,' Remy said that she asked him whether having the French first lady as an employee was a benefit.

"Are you kidding?" he is quoted as replying. "Up until now, she's caused us nothing but trouble!"

Lagardere is cited as saying in June that her contract would not be renewed when it expired at the end of the year.

He justified his decision by saying he wanted "to avoid any conflict of interest" between her journalistic activities and role as President Francois Hollande's partner.

The comments were made just weeks after Trierweiler had attacked her own magazine for putting her picture on its front cover without informing her first and calling her Hollande's "charming asset."

After publicly branding her employer "sexist", she is said to have fired off a threatening message to Lagardere and his media chief warning: "We won't be doing any more articles with the group."

The implication was that Hollande would blackball Paris Match. (ANI)

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