French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)

French ecology minister Segolene Royal: recently accompanied François Hollande on a five-day official trip to the Caribbean. Photograph: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP/Getty Images

In chronological order, there was Ségolène, then Valérie and finally Julie. As in the days of the ancien regime, most French people would recognise th(...)

 French president Francois Hollande .  and actor  Julie Gayet: photographs of  them  seated together  at a table in the garden of the Élysée Palace last month have surfaced. Photographs:  Sean Gallup and  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Ever since the gossip magazine Closer broke the story of French president François Hollande’s secret love affair with actor Julie Gayet last January,(...)

French president François Hollande was accused of referring with disdain to the poor as “toothless”. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

She portrayed him as a cold, cruel and calculating man whose cheating drove her to swallow a large dose of sleeping tablets. However, the accus(...)

Valerie Trierweiler (left), former companion of French president Francois Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Journalist Valérie Trierweiler attempted to swallow a large dose of sleeping pills after learning that her partner, French president François Hollande(...)

The lawyer for Julie Gayet (above) had been asking for €50,000 for his client whose life had been “turned upside down” by the publication. Photograph:  Ian Langsdon/EPA

A French court ordered Closer magazine yesterday to pay actor Julie Gayet €15,000 for publi(...)

French President François Hollande delivers a speech at the French Tech Hub in San Francisco, California, as part of his three-day state visit to the US. Photograph: EPA/Alain Jocard

Only the French could have an etiquette scandal. Let Americans get in a lather over peccadillos of state; the French are lamenting the state of(...)

François Hollande arrives at city hall in San Francisco yesterday.  Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

French president François Hollande sought to breathe life into France’s sluggish economy by wooing investment from the new media world on a whi(...)

 French president Francois Hollande  and US president Barack Obama  both smile during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US president Barack Obama likened his country’s relations with Britain and France to his love for his two daughters saying that he couldn’t cho(...)

France’s former first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, sits a child in her lap as she talks to health workers and children during a visit to the Ekta Nagar slums in the Mandala area of Mumbai. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/Reuters

The former first lady of France, Valerie Trierweiler, said she felt as if she had plunged from a skyscraper when President François Hollande told her (...)