The stakeout: French President François Hollande gets taste of love, American-style

By Richard Leiby, January 15, 2014

The media team camped all night outside the ritzy apartment building, waiting for a prominent politician to visit his presumed paramour. The photographer snapped the alleged cheater arriving in the evening and exiting in the morning. ¶ Gotcha! In the United States, it’d be a great stakeout, maybe ignite a classic sex scandal. ¶ But the target this time was in Paris and happened to be the president of France, Francois Hollande. A celebrity magazine called Closer photographed him visiting an actress’s borrowed apartment less than 500 feet from the presidential palace. He got there on the back of a moped driven by a security guard, using a helmet to hide his identity. But sex scandal? Mais non. This is France! ¶ The Hollande affair is a national talker, but moral outrage appears absent. The president and the first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, aren’t married to begin with. At a news conference Tuesday in Paris, not one of the hundreds of reporters on hand raised the question of whether Hollande would, say, quit.

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