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French President Hollande's ex earns millions with kiss-and-tell memoir

Thank You For This Moment has sold over 600,000 copies in France.
Thank You For This Moment has sold over 600,000 copies in France.

Valérie Trierweiler, former companion of French President François Hollande, has made between 1.3 and 1.7 million euros for her tale of her life with the head of state, her publisher said Wednesday.

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"It's around that amount, before taxes," publisher Laurent Beccaria told French radio.

Thank You For This Moment, in which Trierweiler details her relationship with Hollande and her life in France's Elysée presidential palace, has sold 600,000 copies in France and been translated into 11 languages.

The book stirred an uproar in the ranks of the Socialist Party, notably for accusing the president of mocking the poor.

"I didn't think there could be such a divide between public convictions and what was thought in private," Beccaria said, adding he "asked Valérie Trierweiler several times if she was sure. She said yes."

According to French newpaper Le Parisien, Trierweiler is planning a book tour in Britain this week, including media appearances and interviews.

The publisher has also indicated an updated edition of the book, to appear in spring 2015, could include material not included in the current version.

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