Royal and Hollande Part Ways

Socialist candidate tosses out partner over affair, plans to pursue his job
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2007 9:09 PM CDT
Royal and Hollande Part Ways
Former Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal, left, and her partner of three decades Francois Hollande, arrive in La Rochelle, southwestern France, in this Aug. 24, 2006 file photo. One of France's most famous power couples, Royal and Socialist Party leader Francois Hollande, are separating....   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Segolene Royal, the glamorous Socialist candidate who made a failed run at the French presidency, announced today that she's splitting with her partner of 28 years and the father of her four children, Francois Hollande. The cause of the rift, which has been rumored for months: his "love story" with another woman.

Hollande, the Socialist party leader, has been linked a political journalist for Paris Match magazine; a book including details of the affair was about to be released, the Times reports.  Not only did Royal kick him out of the family home; she's gearing up for a run at his position at the helm of the party. (Read more Segolene Royal stories.)

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