Ms. Trierweiler and embezzlement charges

Hmm. This is fun:

Xavier Kemlin, a multi-millionaire Frenchman, insists that the 48-year-old magazine journalist \”should not take advantage\” of public funds.

He has filed the complaint at a criminal court in Saint-Etienne, in the Loire department of eastern France.

It states that the presidential couple \”are neither married, nor civil partners,\” and that \”our taxes\” should not have to \”house, feed, pay the staff and travel\” of a woman with whom taxpayers have \”no link in law\”.

Does the mere shagging of a politician mean that taxpayers should support someone? It\’s an interesting question: for where is the cut off point? I think we all agree that a casual shag should not be paid for out of public funds. And I think we all also agree that the wife of a head of state is going to be asked to do various things (open fetes, greet Johnny Foreigner) that require the provision of public funds to dress her, create a staff to organise such things.

But just where is that dividing line?

7 comments on “Ms. Trierweiler and embezzlement charges

  1. As far as I’m aware, the usual rule on clothing and other accoutrements is that what the state chooses to furnish remains the property of the state, to be used only on official occasions, unless the first lady (in this case) chooses to pony up her own cash to purchase said items for personal use, albeit usually at a hefty discount.

    It’s the same deal that applies to gifts given to people who hold public office when they’re called upon to go glad-handing foreign dignitaries and business types, they become the property of the state unless you purchase the item for personal use.

    From memory, even dear old Queenie has to observe that rule over here, although I certainly wouldn’t put it past the French not to have got that far ahead in their own thinking.

  2. Unity – “As far as I’m aware, the usual rule on clothing and other accoutrements is that what the state chooses to furnish remains the property of the state”

    I would love to see them try to collect a dinner once it has been consumed. But given they are French, they might well.

    I am all for Hollande’s Alastian getting the Royal treatment. She has mildly added to the gaity of the nation every time she and the former Mrs Boring Git clash. She deserves the trappings of power on the assumption that it must p!ss Ms Royale off no end and so contribute to the on going saga.

  3. In SMFS’s world of Catholic perfection, is dinner an accoutrement?

    Well, I suppose if you insist that the Papal attitude to contraception is perfect, you might end up wearing your food a bit more often than sensible people.

  4. “Does the mere shagging of a politician mean that taxpayers should support someone?”
    Thought that principle was pretty well established in the UK.

  5. Surreptitious Evil – “In SMFS-s world of Catholic perfection, is dinner an accoutrement?”

    I have no idea. Does the fact you need to start with a lie prove you have nothing valid to say?

    “Well, I suppose if you insist that the Papal attitude to contraception is perfect, you might end up wearing your food a bit more often than sensible people.”

    Where have I ever said the Papal attitude to anything is perfect? Or even praised the Papal attitude to contraception?

    It looks a lot like you are smarting from some other thread where you know you cannot win and so you have come over here where you think you can make some trivial point and get in a cheap smear. Which you probably can. But it does not prove much.

  6. I believe that in French law (particularly inheritance and family law), there is legal relationship of “concubin”. Being France, in order to qualify for the “certificate of concubinage” to permit whatever benefits are available to a concubin over those available to the general public, witness statements are an acceptable form of proof.

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