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June 22nd, 2012
01:18 PM ET

French politics or soap opera? You decide

French President Francois Hollande is in an awkward spot.

His Socialist party scored a major majority in the country's national elections, taking 33 more seats than is required to form a government. In short, the party now controls the equivalent of the U.S. House, Senate, and White House.

But all is not well. Why? Segolene Royal, Hollande's former common-law wife, lost her parliamentary race to a long-shot candidate. But to make matters worse, his current partner and former mistress (while he was still with Royal) Valerie Trierweiler tweeted her support for Royal's opponent!

Hollande had spoken publicly about making Royal the Speaker of the National Assembly if she had won the seat, but now won't comment on her political future. What is going on in Paris?


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