France's First Lady Exits Hospital After Drug Overdose

By McCarton Ackerman 01/20/14

The timing of Valerie Trierweiler's overdose, just after French president Francois Hollande admitted to having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, has people speculating.


France’s first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, has just been discharged from a hospital in Paris after what was described as a drug overdose. Trierweiler, who has been given the First Lady moniker despite not being married to French president Francois Hollande, had reportedly been recovering for a week at La-Pitie Salpetriere hospital.  The major media outlets in France have all stated that the overdose was accidental and not a suicide attempt. She is now resting at La Lanterne, a hunting lodge and presidential retreat in Versailles.

Sources claim the overdose came from “one pill too many” after after Hollande admitted he had been having a long-term affair with actress Julie Gayet. The French president didn’t visit Trierweiler during her stay in the hospital and allegedly plotted to get her to sign an announcement confirming their split while she was recovering, with Le Nouvel Observateur magazine writing that it was the “least worst solution.” 

The affair between Hollande and Gayet has been going on for over a year, but he has vowed to sort out the love triangle before an annual state visit to Washington D.C. in three weeks, which Trierwiller normally accompanies him to. Meanwhile, the current first lady is reportedly still experiencing frequent mood swings and fits of “depression and rage” after learning of the affair, expressing fears that she will be left homeless if Hollande chooses to be with Gayet. After checking out of the hospital last Saturday, she tweeted: “thanks from the bottom of my heart to all those who sent supportive or get well messages via twitter, SMS or e-mail. Very touched.”

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