French president's ex depicts him as cruel, lying

PARIS (AP) — It is the story of a betrayed woman, portraying her former partner —the French president — as a mean liar perpetuating a "cycle of infidelity."

Valerie Trierweiler, France's first lady until earlier this year, paints a harsh portrait of the deeply unpopular Francois Hollande in her book, which could further damage the image of the Socialist leader by presenting him as a man who despises the poor.

The couple broke up in January amid reports Hollande was having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet.

Trierweiler, in her 320-page "Thank You for this Moment" published Thursday, describes her side of her relationship with Hollande, from their first kiss to the spectacular revelation of the affair. Hollande's office refused to comment.

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