Former French First Lady Says Affair News Was Like ‘Falling From a Skyscraper’

'It’s not because I’m no longer the first lady that life has to stop," Trierweiler said

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Valerie Trierweiler and President Francois Hollande during a visit to New Delhi in 2013.

The former partner of French President Francois Hollande says in a new interview that she felt like she was “falling from a skyscraper” when she learned of his alleged affair.

Valerie Trierweiler said in the interview published Thursday in Paris Match magazine that she had heard rumors about the alleged affair with an actress, but paid no attention before the latest allegations surfaced in news reports more than two weeks ago. Hollande announced the couple’s split on Saturday, and Trierweiler was briefly hospitalized after that.

(EXCLUSIVE: Hollande tells TIME private life sometimes ‘a challenge’)

Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match for years, left for India the next day on a charity trip.

“It’s not because I’m no longer the first lady that life has to stop,” she told Paris Match.

She said there had already been a “detachment” between her and Hollande, who has neither confirmed nor denied the affair.

(MORE: Why France is turning up its nose at Valerie Trierweiler)

[Paris Match]


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The studies delve into phylogenetics, a forensic hunt through the Xs and Ys of our chromosomes to find the genetic “Adam,” to borrow the name from the Bible. And Eran Elhaik from the University of Sheffield says he knows exactly when that first man lived.

"We can say with some certainty that modern humans emerged in Africa a little over 200,000 years ago," Elhaik said in a press release. That directly contradicts a March 2013 study from Arizona Research Labs at the University of Arizona, which found that the human Y chromosome (the hereditary factor determining male sex) originated through interbreeding among species and dates back even further than 200 millennia.

"Our analysis indicates this lineage diverged from previously known Y chromosomes about 338,000 years ago, a time when anatomically modern humans had not yet evolved," said Michael Hammer, an associate professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.