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The French are known for being tolerant of their leader’s gallivanting, which has often proved to have little or no negative impact on popularity ratings.

Whereas American leaders are expected to feign celibacy and hope they don't get caught.

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Noting privacy, this sort of news should be illegal to print without permission from all involved. Not only has Hollande's privacy been grossly violated, so has that of his partner and of Miss Gayet. And the public is not at all served by this news.

In my world, some "journalists" and editors and assorted newspaper staff would be looking at jail time. Privacy is too important to allow this stuff. We all deserve privacy in our personal matters.

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C'est la vie… at least the French way..

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He`s a single man so good on him.

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But i thought this Hollande man is very religious and a church regular! What happened? Because i understand he already has a woman he walks with around!

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He is a typical Frenchman. He already cheated on and dumped the partner before his current one. question is why on earth an actress looking like her would have an affair with a tubby, useless old geezer like him.

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Thankfully, France tends to be a bit more grown-up about these things than other childish, hypocritical and puritanical countries. He'll probably be booted out for his performance as a President rather than his personal life.

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Whereas American leaders are expected to feign celibacy and hope they don't get caught.

God forbid we should dare to expect a minimum of moral decency from our leaders. If they can't even keep their marriage vows, how can we honestly expect them to uphold their oath of office? The characteristic that separates humans from other animals is our ability to suppress and control our base desires. I'm not asking for a Saint - just someone who doesn't fall so easily to degeneracy.

Noting privacy, this sort of news should be illegal to print without permission from all involved. Not only has Hollande's privacy been grossly violated, so has that of his partner and of Miss Gayet.

Free speech is free speech, and it's dangerous to make exceptions unless absolutely necessary. Libel and defamation would already cover this issue if the incident wasn't true. But as it is (apparently) true, it's the right of the press to publish this information, even if it is being done for sensationalism and profit making. If you make an exception to free speech for "private matters", who gets to decide what constitutes "private" and what does not? Such authority could be quite easily abused, and so it's best to lean on the side of liberalism when it comes to free speech and other rights.

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Dear Deplore, Please note that Mr. Hollande has NEVER been married .....Therefore, it is his private life for which we don't care as long as he is carrying his duties.

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But i thought this Hollande man is very religious and a church regular!

I don't get your point. Seems to me religion varies greatly from place to place and time to time, even though the name of the religion does not change. Puritans have been mentioned for a reason, and they were badgered until they left Europe for a reason.

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Since when have the religious been more likely have more 'moral' sexual behaviour? From the Catholic Church to rip-off philandering televangelists the hypocrisy is breathtaking. As I said in a previous post, the French are more mature about these things and seem less likely to have some supposedly outraged religious windbag trying to score cheap political points.

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He is not having an affair. He is not married.

I don't care about his private life.

Head of state on a scooter? Dangerous revelation, I think. Why not even revealing his schedule too?

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Is the fact that he is married or not the issue? He is supposedly in a stable relationship with someone and has now been found to have been unfaithful to her/ Is that ok? does the fact of a legal contract make a difference in that respect?

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So what!?

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Not married, no civil union = not cheating. Let's say him and his partner now have an open relationship. It's the head between his shoulders we should be concerned about, not the one between the legs.

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Wake me up when Hollande is found cheating on the actress with a teenage boy, lol.

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He is supposedly in a stable relationship with someone and has now been found to have been unfaithful to her/ Is that ok?

It's completely okay.

When someone cheats in a relationship, it directly affects their partner, the children from the relationship, family members, and close friends. That's their business, but it's no one else's.

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Big effin' deal!

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He's divorced, she's divorced. Neither are presently married. Conclusion? Enjoy yourselves!

At least this prospective first lady of France won't try to fob her God-awful music skills on us like the last one did!

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funny carJan. 10, 2014 - 02:06PM JST

Noting privacy, this sort of news should be illegal to print without permission from all involved. Not only has Hollande's privacy been grossly violated, so has that of his partner and of Miss Gayet. And the public is not at all served by this news.

In my world, some "journalists" and editors and assorted newspaper staff would be looking at jail time. Privacy is too important to allow this stuff. We all deserve privacy in our personal matters.

No, actually when you decide to run for public office and service, you are giving up your right of privacy. Here is a famous legal case that became a standard among countries in democracy.

New York Times vs Sullivan.

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Great PR for her, Well she's courageous.

Conclusion?

One more dancer + her kids to feed. And a few hundred thousand euros monthly added on the taxpayer's bill. The former has not even yet moved out and given back the credit cards.

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globalwatcher, you are mixing and matching concepts. I never said there was libel or defamation here. I also never said there was a legally established right to privacy on this level.

What I said is that it SHOULD be illegal to print such information. Its quite immoral to spread such information about a person's private life. And even with politicians, it serves no public good whatsoever. Its nothing but indulgence and a hurtful brand at that. Therefore, it SHOULD be illegal, in my opinion.

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funny carJan. 11, 2014 - 12:10AM JST

What I said is that it SHOULD be illegal to print such information

No, that's exactly my point. It should be LEGAL as the Amendment 1 (Freedom of Speech) applies to this case. You have a big misinterpretation of this case.

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I believe that tearing into people's private lives like this article does serves no public purpose. Its not newsworthy. This sort of malicious speech can and should be banned.

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why on earth an actress looking like her would have an affair with a tubby, useless old geezer like him...

Power is a aphrodisiac, I guess.

If Hollande is being a hypocrite then I guess it's newsworthy. But remember, some people are always interested in what the rich and famous get up to. It may not be "newsworthy" but it will sell papers.

Guess he got caught with his pants down then. There, somebody had to say it....

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The article stated Hollande lives with his partner Valerie Trierweiler, a journalist for whom he left fellow Socialist politician Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children. .......................... Was he married or is he married? He could be a sex-maniac. He could be proud that he can lure an actress.

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What does it matter what a leader does in his private life, so long as it is not illegal?

I think he sucks for a leader of France, but I am not going to hold his affair against him.....

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globalwatcher you are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine. We both have a right to declare what "should" be done.

Invading Hollande's, Gayet's and his partner's, Valérie Trierweiler. It serves no public good whatsoever. In fact, it emboldens and motivates paparazzi and gives them a means to profit. Allowing such speech and action threatens to hand us another Princess Di.

And besides, this is Europe, not America, so never mind the first amendment and American court cases. From wiki:

For Europe, Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees the right to respect for private and family life, one's home and correspondence.

It may not be so strictly enforced, but its the law and I cannot find a thing wrong with it. You are welcome to try, and I should hope you do it with explanations rather than blandly cite court cases.

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Readers, please stay on topic. References to the U.S. Supreme Court are not relevant to this discussion.

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