A Frenchist trollop on power

The former First Lady of France apparently has a few choice words for the state of politics in her native country:
Former first lady of France Valerie Trierweiler has branded the country's politics 'misogynistic' and said female politicians encounter opposition as 'a matter of course'. 
Ms Trierweiler, the ex-partner of French president Francois Hollande, has written a tell-all book chronicling her seven years as his girlfriend - which ended when it was reported he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet. [Didact: Er... wait... they weren't married, and yet she's considered a "former First Lady of France"??? Dafuq?!? The Frogs really are weird.]
It is believed the book, Thank You For This Moment, could damage Mr Hollande's reputation with controversial claims he called the country's poor 'the toothless'. 
Ms Trierweiler also claims in the book that Mr Hollande instructed for her to be given high doses of tranquillisers shortly after they had broken in order to keep her in hospital and out of his way. [Didact: As you'll find out below, those tranqs probably did have an effect.]
In an interview with Kirsty Wark on the BBC's Newsnight, which will be broadcast tomorrow, Ms Trierweiler was asked: 'Is France misogynist?' 
She said: 'In the realm of politics, yes. Women in politics encounter opposition as a matter of course.' 
Ms Trierweiler told Sophie Raworth on BBC's Andrew Marr Show today that the book was not the revenge of a hurt woman. 
She said: 'It's not revenge, it's not about destroying him, it's about me rebuilding myself.' 
She was then asked if she was saying that she did not think he was suitable as a president. 
She said: 'You know what political figures are like. They don't become president if they're not self-centred, or if they're not sometimes economic with the truth. 
'I've followed other presidents in my professional career, I've only known one intimately, but the majority of them have these faults, in that they're completely egocentric. 
'I don't think Francois Hollande has more faults than another president.' 
Ms Raworth suggested that Ms Trierweiler had made an 'awful lot of money' out of the book. 
Ms Trierweiler replied: 'Yes, well, I will next year, but that wasn't my primary objective. 
'The media said, "don't read this book, don't buy this book", but people did anyway, because they wanted to know. 
'And the majority of people say to me, "It's not at all what I was expecting, it's not a settling of scores, it's not a book of revenge, it's almost a love story". That's what my book is.' 
When she was asked why she had written the book, Ms Trierweiler, a journalist, said: 'In fact I started writing it before knowing that it was going to become a book. 
'For me writing is a form of therapy, I started writing it when I wasn't feeling terribly well and that was a good reason for writing it.' 
She said the title 'will remain a mystery, a message that only Francois Hollande himself will understand'. 
She added: 'It's not a personal attack on Hollande at all, it is the story of our relationship, there are good moments and bad moments I describe in it.' 
When asked about the tranquillisers, she said: 'I only know that he told me to take the medicines the next day and they were a higher dose than usual.'
Actually, all of that blithering on about French politics- about which the rest of us frankly could not give a toss about- is nowhere near as irritating, or as scary, as the woman doing the talking is.

This is what Ms. Rottweiler looks like:
Valerie Trierweiler is the ex-partner of French president Francois Hollande  and has written a surprise, tell-all book chronicling her time as his girlfriend


You want to know what I was instantly reminded of the moment I saw that picture?


Hey, that's a pretty good likeness!
Actually, I think it's accurate to say that the second of these two pants-wettingly scary creatures is a lot less dangerous than the first. The second will actually be repulsed by a crucifix and a healthy dose of holy water; the first will simply shriek at the sight of the Cross and be very irritated at being doused in aquae sanctus.

The method for dealing with both, though, remains the same- the tried, tested, and true wooden stake through the heart followed by decapit-

Sorry, where was I?

Right, some crazy bint was complaining about how horribly chauvinistic politics tends to be.

This is, of course, the reality of politics- it is and has always been a man's game. There is no getting around this fact. The reason for it is quite simple: politics requires strength of will, the desire to seek and hold power, and the ability to be flexible enough that you can tell people what they want to hear, no matter who they might be, while yet appearing rigid enough to hold a well-defined position of some sort.

The desire for power in particular is very much a masculine trait. It is something that men are hard-wired to seek, and the best of us do it very well indeed. This is not something to be surprised or annoyed about, it's simple reality.

And when men achieve that level of power, they tend to act like they've achieved something worthy. (Which they have, if you think about it.)

This tends to be rather attractive to women. Even if you look like, well, this twerp:

I WISH I'd Photoshopped that idiotic grin onto this Commie goofball's face...
For all of her craziness, her soulless stare, her very evident hunger for your blood, and her silly Frenchist notions about equality, Ms. Triphammer still manages to hit upon a very important truth about politics: the pursuit of power does involve a certain degree of narcissism. You can't be a politician without it.

Now would someone please pass the garlic?


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