Chirac's wife sympathises with French first lady over Hollande affair
France's former first lady Bernadette Chirac, whose husband Jacques had confessed to a roving eye, on Wednesday expressed sympathy for Valerie Trierweiler after revelations of President Francois Hollande's affair with an actress.
The 80-year-old told Europe 1 radio that being First Lady and always in the limelight was not easy.
"You know it's quite difficult," Chirac said. "I loved it...but I was lucky to be the mayor of Paris's wife for 18 years, the wife of the prime minister for four years and for 10 years the wife of a minister."
Jacques Chirac had confessed to his weakness for women in 2007, shortly before leaving office, saying: "There have been women I have loved a lot, as discreetly as possible."