François Hollande's companion Valerie Trierweiler has swiped at his ex, placing herself at odds with the president and upsetting his Socialist Party.
Ségolène Royal, beaten in first round of Socialist Party primaries to elect a presidential candidate, backs François Hollande ahead of the runoff.
François Hollande and Martine Aubry are winners of the first round of Socialist Party primaries, to be settled in a showdown vote next Sunday.
The Guardian discovers an 'oh, là, là' love triangle ready to disturb Socialist Party candidates in next year's presidential elections. Plus ça change...
Ségolène Royal has seen her political fortunes dive since her defeat to Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 presidential elections. Ostracised by many leading Socialists, she retreated to her regional fiefdom, her future chances of a second crack at the pinnacle of power apparently destroyed. But Ségo, as she's popularly called, is not one to go quietly and now she has announced she will run in elections to choose the next Socialist Party presidential candidate. Stéphane Alliès charts a remarkable and swift political recovery.