French first ladies

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FILE This  Thursday, April 5, 2012 file photo shows French Socialist Party candidate for the upcoming French presidential election Francois Hollande and his companion French journalist Valerie Trierweiler, left, leaving the Paris Institute of Political Studies, or Sciences Po in Paris. The last time France voted for president, Francois Hollande was a portly, smiley man with a wishy-washy image playing second fiddle to Segolene Royal, his Socialist party's candidate and the mother of his four kids. Now he's a man with a trim waistline and promising future who managed a tough presidential debate with the air of, well, a president. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the superstar model-turned-songstress with a freewheeling lifestyle, now hands the job of first lady to a twice-divorced journalist who's the first presidential partner to enter the Elysee Palace out of wedlock. And as Trierweiler prepares for her new role alongside President-elect Francois Hollande, in the wings is the woman whose man she stole — Segolene Royal, the mother of Hollande's four children and a former presidential candidate now seeking her own seat of political power. Only in France.

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