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The Princess and the President – Ex French President Writes of Affair With British Princess

At 83, romance is heating up for former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. Giscard is keeping his retirement lively by writing a steamy, romantic novel.

The Princess and the President is the tale of the secret love affair of  President Jacques-Henri Lambertye and Princess Patricia of Cardiff.  The Princess is miserable because of her husband’s adulterous affairs and when she meets the French president at the closing dinner of a G7 summit, sparks ignite.

While marketed as a novel, a work of fiction, Giscard has obviously modeled his characters on himself and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.  For example, Princess Patricia has the same passion for working with children with AIDS and campaigning against anti-personnel mines as Diana did.   The heroine also reveals that just before her wedding to the Prince, she learned of a mistress with whom her future husband was determined to keep a relationship with. (Oh and don’t forget that the character is the Princess of Cardiff…Cardiff is in Wales, is it not?)

Critics are saying that Giscard is simply cashing in on the massive attention Diana’s life and loves still attract and that he’s opening himself up to ridicule by even hinting of an affair between himself and the Princess.

La Princesse et le Président will hit bookstores in Paris on October 1.  Somehow I don’t think Charles and Camilla will be requesting a signed copy.

Read extracts from the book in The Independent.

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