WORK TO RULE: A month after François Hollande won the French presidency, his partner, Valérie Trierweiler, whom he began dating in 2007, had her first victory: She will be able to pursue her career as a journalist, as she had hoped. A longtime political journalist, Trierweiler will instead now cover culture, reviewing books and art exhibitions and interviewing cultural figures, a spokesman for Lagardère Active, the parent company of Paris Match, said Monday. Her work is to appear two or three times a month in the cultural pages.
“Her professional reputation is good. There are no skeletons in her closet,” Isabelle Duriez, a journalist at French Elle, a sister publication of Paris Match, said recently. “Valérie Trierweiler wants to remain true to herself, she does not want to give up on her professional identity. She can invent something new.”
Trierweiler has been contributing to Paris Match for 22 years. She stopped covering political affairs, shortly after Hollande became the Socialist Party candidate and has covered culture for several years. Her employer said there won’t be any conflict of interest and the coverage of the presidential couple will remain independent. Still, Trierweiler expressed her anger via Twitter when she landed on the Paris Match cover in March.
France’s national union of journalists, the SNJ, recently raised concerns about journalists who are in relationships with members of Hollande’s new government. The SNJ said they should “distance themselves from coverage of events that may involve their relationships” in order to “not be suspected of conflicts of interest.”