Separation of Powers Violated
In a story that has shocked many people the French news media have revealed that François Hollande violated the constitutional principle of separation of powers when he wrote a letter to a judge on behalf of his lady-friend Valérie Trierweiler, the subject of a new book called La Frondeuse. Trierweiler has taken the authors of the biographical work to court charging them with defamation and attacking her private life. The UMP party has expressed its "stupefaction". This article is from RTL:
"The separation of powers has been violated. The president of the French Republic is the guarantor of the independence of the judiciary. It's absolutely unbelievable! We are wallowing in madness," commented attorney Olivier Pardo before the journalists. "I think the judges will turn against Valérie Trierweiler and François Hollande who had said, during his presidential campaign, that he would never intervene in the affairs of the justice system."
In a short hand-written letter without a presidential letter-head, François Hollande said that he "wants to denounce as pure fiction the passages of the book La Frondeuse (p. 46 and 47) concerning a so-called letter never written and therefore never in the hands of its supposed addressee." "Fiction cannot be a device used in a political essay unless it is presented as a novel," he added.
The attorney also pointed to the letter from Interior Minister Manuel Valls, also addressed to the court in support of the 'first lady', that was written on paper with a letter-head, "even though it was a private matter."
In a communiqué, national secretary of the UMP Bruno Beschizza expressed his "stupefaction" at these letters that can "legitimately be considered as a means of exerting pressure both on the Paris court and on journalists covering the event."
It certainly doesn't take much for Valérie to extract favors from François who potentially risks the credibility (such as it is) of his presidency. What does this woman have?
Below, the two letters.