Monday, January 27, 2014

Former French First Lady visits India after President Hollande announces ‘separation’

Former French First Lady in Mumbai (Pic: Imtiyaz Shaikh, Anadolu Agency)
France's former First Lady, Valerie Trierweiler, made her first public appearance since separating from French President Francois Hollande, when she visited a Mumbai hospital on Monday morning as part of her humanitarian work with French charity Action Against Hunger.
The 48-year old former journalist, who was immediately surrounded by journalists and photographers as she stepped out of Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, refused to speak to the media about her personal life and, instead, focused on the hospital.
“These babies of less than one kilogram have very limited chances of survival,” she told the reporters.
“It is injustice. Even if everything is done for the best, they [Indian hospitals] don’t have the same resources as in our hospitals,” she said.
Trierweiler, who is visiting India for the second time, was guarded by more than a dozen Indian policemen.
Trierweiler’s two-day India visit has come under intense media scrutiny after Hollande told a French news agency on Saturday that he is separating with his seven-year partner, after his alleged affair with French actress Julie Gayet was reported in French media.

The former French First Lady previously visited India in February 2013 with President Hollande, where she spoke of her desire to become a champion of children’s rights.

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