French first ladies

Associated Press
This combination of three file photos shows, on the left, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the superstar fashion model-turned songstress with a freewheeling lifestyle, who is handing the job of France's first lady to a twice-divorced journalist, Valerie Trierweiler, shown on the right - the first woman to enter the Elysee Palace unwed. And shown in the center is Segolene Royal, the mother of France's preseident-elect Francois Hollande's four children and former Socialist presidential candidate who ran against Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. (AP Photos/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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