French first ladies

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FILE This Thursday March 29, 2007 file photo shows Socialist French presidential candidate Segolene Royal, left, and her companion Secretary-General of the Socialist Party Francois Hollande acknowledge supporters during a meeting in Limoges, central France. 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/Michel Euler, 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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