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,(...)

Goldie Hawn. Photograph from the book Paparazzo: The Elio Sorci Collection

The paparazzi get a bad press, with variations on the same story appearing in broadsheets every few months: a photographer hiding in the bushes; a (...)

 Thomas Thévenoud: had also failed to pay the rent on his Paris apartment for three years. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

It is the sort of excuse worthy of a shame-faced schoolboy, but the 40-year-old former French trade minister, Thomas Thévenoud, caused astonishment (...)

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(...)

Segolene Royal attends the takeover ceremony yesterday in Paris, France. Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The new French prime minister, Manuel Valls, has caused surprise and shock with his choic(...)

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 actress Julie Gayet case for violation of privacy was held yesterday, with the verdict to be handed down on March 27th. Photograph: Reuters

By a fluke of judiciary scheduling, lawsuits filed by President Francois Hollande’s last two mistresses against Cl(...)