François Hollande - all the president's women

His affair shows that the French are becoming more puritanical

18 January 2014

9:00 AM

18 January 2014

9:00 AM

Obviously, the whole Hollande business is utterly compelling from a prurient point of view, though journalists did brilliantly in coming up with spurious public interest reasons for talking about it (Corsican mafia! Presidential security! Lying!). The most riveting aspect, for me, is the heroic restraint of his former partner Ségolène Royale when she was asked about it on telly — given that she was ditched by Mr Hollande after 30 years of respectable concubinage and four children in favour of the woman now being humiliated by this affair. ‘Time to turn the page,’ she said. Each woman is younger than her predecessor — naturally.

But what’s more interesting is the widespread assumption that this is a situation that has to be clarified. In the words of one journalist at the president’s press conference, who is going to be first lady when the president makes his official visit to the US? That’s the criterion of respectability: who gets to have spouse time with Michelle?

It gives journalists a decent cover for asking the president to make his mind up about which woman he wants to live with: who is going with him to America (Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni regularised their relationship before visiting the Pope), and who’s going to be getting the fabulous state-funded perks that Valérie enjoys by dint of the first lady thing — the five members of staff, say.

The Official Memorial Service For Nelson Mandela Is Held In JohannesburgValerie Trierweiler attends Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with President Hollande and other world leaders Photo: Getty

The one option that the president is plainly not allowed to go for is to continue to have a mistress, pregnant or not. But what if he doesn’t in fact want to bring Ms Gayet to America; what if the ambiguity of an affair was precisely what he, they, liked about their encounters? An illicit relationship has, I gather, its charms. It’s understandable that Valérie Trierweiler should want clarity from Mr Hollande, but — for all the talk about Gallic laissez-faire when it comes to sex — the French press, like ours, seem to think that he should regularise one relationship or the other.

Yet the truth is that Mr Hollande is a bachelor: he’s never been married; he’s not technically an adulterer. That gives him, you’d think, a bit of leeway on the sexual front; the fact he’s never made any vows to anyone (which says something about him) and so hasn’t broken any. If anything, Ségolène Royale was to all intents and purposes his spouse, but her claims were ruthlessly disregarded by him and Valérie Trierweiler. She’s the mistress made good and is hardly entitled to complain if she’s displaced; yet the handy, quasi-official title of first lady has rather obscured the fact. Which isn’t to say she’s got public sympathy: President Hollande’s dismal poll rating with women improved after the pictures in Closer magazine.

In Britain, we’re discussing this affair as if it were the same kind of marital infidelity that characterised François Mitterrand’s behaviour towards his long-suffering wife, Danielle. If you recall, he had an second family and a daughter, Mazarine, by his mistress. That affair should have merited social censure, but it was, in the then customary French fashion, discussed by those who knew about it without ever becoming public knowledge. Funnily enough, it was the same photographer who captured François Hollande’s escapades who got the first pictures of Mazarine, though this time he didn’t wait for presidential consent to publish.

FRANCE-POLITICS-HOLLANDE-PEOPLEPresident Hollande’s dismal poll rating with women improvedafter the pictures in Closer magazine Photo: Getty

Both the French and the English seem to have drifted into a new censoriousness, which requires of a public figure simply that he should make his mind up about who, exactly, he’s sleeping with. (Alastair Campbell, discussing the issue, suggested that ‘it depends what the truth of these relationships is’; the approach he took with Robin Cook when he was outed was to get him to decide: wife or mistress.) We’re not too hung up on permanent commitment but we’re keen on serial monogamy. Formerly, you were married or you weren’t, though in situations of this kind you might end up marrying the mistress, as Prince Charles did. Marriage is a formal, unambiguous condition. What we’ve got now, at least in the Anglo-Saxon world, is the more hazy concept of ‘partner’. It’s a drearier take on a lover or mistress, a non-censorious way of putting spouses and girlfriends on the same basis. The French word partner, interestingly, doesn’t have quite the same pseudo-marital status as the term does here. And the word maîtresse is used there more often, as is amie or girlfriend. Even so, they’re clearly prey to the same tedious idea: only monogamy will do.

The real casualty of this business is the venerable status of the mistress, which may or may not be the position of Julie Gayet. It describes a relationship that’s sexual, without the privileges of marriage but with all the charm of relative non-commitment. That’s just what, in our new moralism, we don’t seem able to handle.

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  • Peter Stroud

    Let I’d hope that Miliband does not follow this particular Hollande policy.

  • La Fold

    He must have a wine flavoured member!

    • Neohedonist

      Chteau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1996 perhaps; dubbed “the King’s wine.” and described as “Remarkably dark, it sports mineral aromas of mint and black currant. Flavourful, its texture is silky and lingers in the mouth.”

      • Thanks for reminding me why I am a wine drinker and not a schlong connoisseur.

  • James Strong

    Sex with more than woman is not a problem; the problem is the deceit that accompanies it.
    It looks as if it’s the shock of discovering the deceit that has affected the ‘First Lady’.
    But was she making the two-backed beast with Hollande when the lovely Ms. Royale was his ‘partner’?
    If so, tough.
    There is a song ‘Have you left the one you left me for?’

    • Sex with more than woman is not a problem
      You mean sex with something not woman? A man, a goat, a gorilla?

      • gerontius

        I remember reading about a case, many years ago, of a man who stood accused of doing something he shouldn’t have with a duck.
        The prosecution case foundered before it got to court because no one could work out exactly what that something could have been.
        Well, that’s the story anyway.

        • I feel sorry for the duck.

    • Rocksy

      When I’m not with the one I love, I love the one I’m with.

  • BoiledCabbage

    All this in a country which has criminalised customers of prostitutes.

  • Dedan Kimathi

    Hollande has good taste.

    • HFC

      Above all, he has POWER!

      • Brokenit

        Well they probably think so, but socialism is always doomed to failure in the end and any appearance of power temporary.

  • Nicholas_Keen

    ‘Partner’ is indeed a wet, dreary term when used in the context of an intimate relationship. How ‘enlightened’, how toss-away, how lacking in soul, how unromantic, how cowardly. ‘My partner and I…’ Ugh! Mercifully, it has not caught on this side of the Atlantic.

    • Brokenit

      Extremely difficult to see what these beautiful women see in this dreary little beaurocrat. I am perplexed.

      • Fergus Pickering

        O come on. He is powerful. And he is rich. Oh, and he’s got an eleven inch … what was I saying?

        • He is powerful. He is rich. And he looks like a lollipop man.

          • gerontius

            Exactly – He looks like a lollipop man.
            Sometimes I feel that I just don’t understand anything.

          • Be consoled, G: it means you understand more than most. We non-understanders must stick together!

    • La Fold

      I fully concur. Makes it sopund like its someone who youre opening a Chicken Cottage franchise with.

    • la catholic state

      But it does catch the dreariness of co-habitation which isn’t attractive at all.

      • StephanieJCW

        Co-habitation is very attractive. No different to marriage in places that accord both relationships the same allowances under the law (i.e. Canada/ Australia etc.)

        • Rocksy

          No matter the times or the relaxed attitude to life, ‘partner’, will always seem less.

        • Zimbalist

          The statistics do not support your statement. Cohabitees break up with greater frequency than marriages.

          It is different, and not just for the reason I have given above.

    • The Blue Baron

      I’d suggest it has different connotations depending on where you live. I’ve been with my ‘partner’ for two years now, I love her dearly and we intend to marry as soon as our finances permit. We are not formally engaged so the word fiancee is out and the word ‘girlfriend’ is a little too teenage and temporal for my liking. As I see it, ‘partner’ is the best term to signify a serious long-term relationship and a sense of commitment from both parties. Perhaps you can think of another that is preferable?

      • mrsjosephinehydehartley

        Excuse me for butting in – but what about “friend” . Is it too shocking and horrible these days?

        • StephanieJCW

          Friend doesn’t work as it does not capture the nature of the relationship. If he said this is my ‘friend’ people may mistakenly think he is single and that his partner is no different to any of his other mates. Using the term ‘partner’ makes it clear the relationship between the two.

          • FrenchNewsonlin

            ‘Partners’ were, until not so long ago, people usually involved in a joint business venture. Adopting this commercial term for use in a relationship resembling marriage is an indication perhaps of just how degraded our leftist friends have made the family.

          • Rocksy

            What is ‘the nature’ of the relationship? If that could be decided, it might help. It seems to represent a temporary or undecided arrangement. Not one to invest much faith in.

      • Abi Tayn

        We use the term ‘Um-Friend’. When introducing me to someone we say “This is Abi, my……….um….friend.” I think i prefer the word ‘F**kpuppet’.

    • Wholeheartedly agree. Husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend: what’s wrong with those terms? Heck, what’s wrong with ‘lover’? Or — this is a nice one — ‘love-mate’?

      • The Blue Baron

        ‘Lover’ is a little too continental for me I’m afraid. ‘Friend’ relegates the person back into the pack and is disingenuous in its vagueness, and boyfriend and girlfriend can have the effect of suggesting something that isn’t entirely intended for permanence. To each their own though. I prefer ‘partner’ but I do think that fiancee or wife has a more pleasing ring to it.

        • Fair enough. The problem with ‘partner’ is that it’s also used in professional, transactional relationships, and also for more trivial occasions, e.g. tennis partner.

          The best word hasn’t been invented. You could say ‘the lady in my life’ but then you don’t want to sound like Tom Jones. She’s a LAYYY-deh, whoa whoa whoa she’s a LAYYYdeh — talking about the little laydeh — and the lady is mi-ine!

      • StephanieJCW

        ‘Lover’ implies someone I am having sex with.
        ‘Husband/wife’ only works if you’re married.
        ‘Boyfriend/girlfriend’ well – I am not a teenager and this is the term I would use for something not yet fixed in permanence. Grown up relationships need a more adult term. So ‘partner’.

        • ‘Lover’ as someone you’re having sex with is perhaps very nice, but also somewhat naive. In the 21st century it is certainly possible to have a lover you don’t have sex with. Or even touch.

          Husband, wife: no kidding. Marriage is what is meant. I’m a wife. I’m married. Good: now everyone knows!

          Don’t see boyfriend/girlfriend as teenager-only. The best lover I ever had, in a physically erotic sense, was only my ‘boyfriend’ and never my husband (two very different people). We were in our cusp of 20s/very early 20s. We weren’t kids, but we weren’t beleaguered adults, either. Don’t knock ‘boyfriend’. I remember mine very fondly as such….

          • Son of Hayek

            I like the blue collar sounding man or woman – my man, my woman…

          • Yes, I like that, too.

        • alumette

          consort ? I like that one. prince Philip is a consort. Camilla should be a consort if Charles gets the throne. She should not be queen, considering their history.

        • Brokenit

          Concubine ?

    • StephanieJCW

      Yes it has.

      Of course it has. What else do you call your partner when you are not married? Boyfriend/girlfriend is far too young and doesn’t point towards a long, steady adult relationship.

      Husband/wife is incorrect if unmarried. So ‘partner’ does instead.

      • Rocksy

        ‘does’ ? We wouldn’t say ‘wife’ or ‘husband’ or ‘spouse’ ‘does’. Seems to underline the unsubstantial nature of the relationship. Like saying that since the relationship is ‘for now’ the name can be the same.

    • alumette

      Partner seems like the term used for a business deal, only. After all, a concubine is a business deal, with a twist.

  • Puddin Tain

    Its time for a mistress tax ..

  • luana

    if the president is not married, then there isn’t any “first lady”. No woman shoud accompany him on official visits. Anyway, in France, “the first lady” is not a political institution like it’s in U.S

    • StephanieJCW

      Not everybody has to follow your opinion on marriage. If he’s not single, he’s not a bachelor. Being unmarried does not make him single.

      The term is ‘First Lady’ not ‘First Wife’.

    • alumette

      Agree….you either have a first lady and it is your wife or you have a live-in or whatever you want to call her but she should NOT be entitled to any perks. Living in his quarters and eating that delicious food should be all she gets. No chauffeur, secretary, body guard, no planes or limos unless he is there as well. If he takes her to foreign countries, she should pay her bill. That “lady in waiting ” is a joke and an expense to the French they object about. Kick her out….or let him keep her as a “cheap” concubine…..you can’t have it all. He also sucks as a president and is likely close to get the boot.

  • The Blue Baron

    Speak for yourself. My personal attitude towards sex and matters of the heart is that a person should be free to have as many sexual partners as they choose provided that they are open about this and do not lie, deceive and betray in order to get people into bed or maintain relationships on false grounds. Hollande fails the test. Not only an incompetent socialist then, but a duplicitous cheat who’s entirely comfortable betraying those people closest to him, the people he claims to love.

    • The irony is that the people with that attitude (the more the merrier; don’t rein me in), unless they are rock stars, are the ones that tend to have the least sex — and more to the point, the least rewarding sex. Studies have shown etc.

      • The Blue Baron

        I’m not championing it as a way to life your life, I just don’t think that sort of lifestyle merits scorn so long as the person conducts themselves honestly. As for the rest, it’s hardly surprising that the people who tend to have the most sex are usually the ones in dependable and healthy long term relationships. Lots of one night stands tend to be fueled by an excess of alcohol, which doesn’t always prove the best aphrodisiac.

        • I’m sure you’re right, Blue Baron.

    • Rocksy

      What would be a ‘competent socialist’?
      Seems like an oxymoron.

  • ‘Puritanical’ is a really ridiculous word outside of Puritan life. It’s used now much in the way ‘racist’ is — as a cheap and easy slur, a panic button.

  • john hughes

    every married man should have a slag. every married woman should have a dog if they want. my point is if they want a slag-dog which the french say is exceptable. why go to see them in disguise and hide what they are up to. these people chose to be in public life. they have lied to thier spousers. that is why it is not exceptable how do the children feel knowing one of thier parents is lying to mum or dad. but then again the french have a history of deceit.

    • David Prentice

      What’s a slag?

      • john hughes

        if you do not know what a slag is. you’ve never had one.

        • David Prentice

          Are you a male slag, john? You sound like one.

          • john hughes

            one minute you ask what is a slag. then you say i sound like one. i am not a slag i am a dog. HOWLLLL

  • Treebrain

    Does anyone have any genuine sympathy for Valerie Trierweiler, a woman who broke her own marriage vows and also was responsible for breaking up the family that Hollande had with Royale?

    • gerontius

      Well not really, they are all adults and they all know what they are doing.
      I’ve forgotten who said “When you marry your mistress you create a vacancy” but that about sums it up.

      • Treebrain

        The late James Goldsmith?

        Royale was correct when she had a spat with Trierweiler and observed that she really ought to be worried about who was coming next!

  • Bitter Cold

    In a related article we see how Obamacare has viciously raped one young lady’s future: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/09/college-grad-says-obamacare-has-raped-my-future-in-viral-letter/

  • matimal

    They’re not so much puritanical as traditional. It isn’t about rooting out wickedness in their midsts for the French. It’s about maintaining the appearances of traditional models of life. It’s an important distinction.

  • hanekhw

    Mmmmm? Are the French Puritanical? Well the media thinks so when a Socialist has a sex scandal while thinking that Rightists who do are just depraved. Playing with guilt and making the guilty innocent and the innocent guilty to further an agenda has become transparent.

  • Looking at the three, they all have longish, somewhat pointy noses, and their necks are not their best feature.

  • nwberger

    Not more puritanical, just his enemies using any stick they can find. Further, what’s the fuss, anyway?. Hollande isn’t married to anyone. Trierweiler didn’t want to get married and we can only guess the kind of life she’s let.

  • StephanieJCW

    “Yet the truth is that Mr Hollande is a bachelor: he’s never been married; he’s not technically an adulterer. That gives him, you’d think, a bit of leeway on the sexual front; the fact he’s never made any vows to anyone (which says something about him) and so hasn’t broken any.”

    Mealy mouthed tosh. It’s cheating. It’s not less bad or somehow ok to betray somebody if you didn’t marry them. If you agreed to be in a monogamous, exclusive relationship, with or without wedding bands – so be it. He quite simply is not a bachelor.

  • StephanieJCW

    “We’re not too hung up on permanent commitment but we’re keen on serial monogamy. ”

    I am not sure why you are using ‘permanent commitment’ to mean marriage.

  • Magnus Sandvik

    It probably has to do with the economy. If things are going well, a leader tends to have his sins forgiven by the people. But Hollande has proved incompetent at politics as well as on the personal level and is thus viewed in the Media not as a man who should be allowed to do what he wants, but a man who should focus on his work, not on balancing multiple affaris, because he is clearly unable to do both at the same time.
    The french people are the same. The revelation of the affair actually boosted his popularity at the grass roots, though not by much.

  • alumette

    According to her friends, Valerie goes between depression and rage. That is not to be taken lightly. She is not only suicidal but homicidal as well. The line is extremely fine. If I were Hollande, I would not go near her without a body guard. She could very well take her anger towards him and hurt him, at least try to. She seems psychotic to me. Cannot trust her. She needs to go…but where ? a psychiatric hospital ?

  • IanB

    One man’s mistress is another’s betrayal. Only in the speccy – social porn for the conscienceless.

    • Are you IanB the breast theorist? Or is that another Ian?

  • ClemenceDR

    Could the Spectator make up its mind how it wants to spell Ségolène’s last name? For the record, you have it right in the caption: “Royal”, without the final e.

    • Bill Thomas

      As in the “Royal Oui”.

  • ploppi

    I would have thought this Hollande affair says more about some French women than it does about Hollande.
    Why would a younger good looking actress find someone who French women describe as looking like uncooked dough and they wouldn’t touch with a barge pole, attractive?

  • rtj1211

    French President is a randy little dog who believes in a wife, a mistress and a spare.

    Is this news or just situation normal??

  • Arnoud

    A great article, but I feel the discussion isn’t so much about the marital status and love life of Mr Hollande. I think the reason everyone wants clarity is because Mr Hollande is president of France and as such he should be fully engaged with his office. And that means working om some serious and complex reforms.
    Instead of doing so, he is literally fucking about. And I can tell you, these issues in private life do take your eye away from the ball. I think this chap should take the honour himself and call for early election. He is clearly not cut out for the job.

  • Hashim Adnan

    being a president should be a role model in any way possible

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    & Peters – Monty Raphael Q.C.–and
    the barrister Charles Flint.Q.C.
    later had to admit in Court that
    the documents were genuine.

    Parliament. Hansard .29th
    March 2007.

    Barry Sheerman

    Constituents of mine have lost
    £2 million through fraud. The fraudster used Pictet & Cie – – a
    French Bank – – and Pictet Asset Management to back the fraud being

    Both Ivan Pictet
    and Monty Raphael.Q.C. conspired to withhold crucial documents
    requested by the High Court – the FSA — and the Police Fraud

    Parliamentary Questions received by the table office ..

    (1) To ask the
    secretary of state what steps he is taking to ensure that Swiss Banks
    such as Pictet & Cie do not evade criminal prosecution under EU
    law even when the illegal act is committed by a London based

    (2)To ask the
    secretary of state what steps he is taking to protect the rights of
    UK citizens who seek redress following criminal activities by Swiss
    banks with subsidiary offices located in London.

    *** We
    note that there has been a sharp increase in Peters & Peters
    partners leaving to go to other practices. Moving does not alleviate
    them of any responsibility from any illegalities that may have
    occurred at Peters & Peters during their partnership tenure. From
    1999 onwards.

    The consensus of
    opinion is the Pictet & Cie should be prosecuted , and that their
    U.K. banking licence should be taken away.

    Their Solicitors at
    Peters & Peters .London “ struck off and prosecuted..”

    *** Started
    campaign — June 6th.2008.

    5 .5years —-
    approx 10 .5 million e-mails – – – but still no writs, injunctions or
    threats of litigation – – – WHY – – – because it is all true.

    *** . The bigger
    they are — the harder they fall.!!!

    America —- they would have all been in prison for the last seven

    Feb 2013,—
    Pictet & Cie Bank Partners remove their unlimited liability.

    They realise that
    all their personal wealth is at risk , the people they have conned
    might want their money back.

    Full Story.*** —”
    Google” —–insert.— Pictet & Cie. Bank.


    Insert– ( Charles
    Pictet. Banker.

    Insert– ( Ivan

    Insert– ( Jacques
    de Saussure.Banker.

    Insert– ( Nicolas
    Pictet. Banker.

    Insert– (
    Jean-Francois Demole.Banker.

    Insert — (
    Philippe Bertherat. Banker.

    Insert– ( Renaud
    de Planta. Banker.

    Insert. — ( Monty

    the last eighteen months we posted the following on hundreds of sites
    . —

    Were currently waiting for the West Yorkshire Police ;-

    Constable . Sir Norman Bettison

    Solicitor. Mike Percival.

    of Economic Crime Unit. Det Chief Inspector. Steven Taylor.

    see if they continue to cover up this case like the FSA. – “
    watch this space.”

    can now state that all the above have been removed from their posts.
    All three facing criminal allegations.

    three senior police officers helped and assisted the Pictet & Cie
    Bank in keeping crucial criminal evidence from the High Court and
    Court of Appeal.

  • jack loach

    Sods —–


    For almost two
    decades we have strived to get justice for the injustice we have
    suffered at the hands of a world renowned bank— PICTET & CIE.

    Two yorkshiremen
    both running their own small family businesses trying to resolve the
    problem by taking all the correct legal procedures to recover their

    The matter was
    raised in Parliament – twice– the FSA investigated the matter
    concluding that PICTET had rogues operating in their London Bank —
    but the rogues had left —saying no one left to prosecute.??? —–
    so there.

    We then
    approached the Financial Ombudsman Service. (FOS) — our case was
    dealt with by seven different people —- then our numerous E-Mails
    were ignored — nobody would speak to us ——-so there.

    We then asked the
    SFO ( Serious Fraud Office.) to investigate our case —- the
    criteria of our case ticked all their boxes. — we were instructed
    not to send them

    documents/evidence.—— in fact they wrote to us advising us to go
    to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.(CAB.)

    Richard Alderman
    the SFO boss —- who responded to our letter was the same man who
    would not investigate the “ Madoff” scandal or the “Libor”

    The MP’s
    committee —- said he was sloppy— and the SFO was run like “
    Fred Karno’s Circus” —– it was an office of fraud.—– so

    Our M.P.
    approached our local Chief Constable to investigate—– he was
    called—- Sir Norman Bettison— Chief Constable of West Yorkshire
    Police —- a force that made “ Dad’s Army” look like the S.A.S.
    They were inept – corrupt —malicious — from top to bottom. We
    were criminally dealt with by the Forces Solicitor—- the Head of
    the Economic Crime Unit —-and the Chief Constable —– so there.

    We were then
    advised to pass our complaint against West Yorkshire Police to the
    I.P.C.C. – which we did — they advised us to make our complaint
    to —- the West Yorkshire Police — we did with reluctance — all
    we got was abuse and obfuscation. —– so there.

    Sir Norman
    Bettison —- The Forces solicitor— and the Head of the Economic
    Crime —- have all been removed from their posts and facing criminal

    —— so there.

    We even sought
    justice through the Courts — culminating in a visit to the Court of
    Appeal-London.— On leaving the Courts of Appeal that day our
    barrister a “rising star” informed us — that if that was
    British Justice then you can keep it. He quit the law and moved to
    Canada —– so there.

    A few years later
    we learned that one of the judges ( Lord Justice.) in our case at the
    Court of Appeal was related to a senior executive of the Pictet Bank
    —–so there.

    The Ministry of
    Justice passed our case to Lord Myners to investigate — we would
    rather have had Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck do it. — to this day we
    don’t know

    —whether he did
    anything or not —- probably not — seeing that his wife was on the
    Pictet Prix Board.

    Pictet & Cie
    .Bank — voted private bank of the year 2013.

    Ivan Pictet —-
    Voted banker of the year 2012. —- the senior partner — lied on
    numerous occasions and had documents destroyed — also said genuine
    documents were forgeries. —– so there.

    Ivan Pictet in
    Oct. 2013 —- Given the Legion of Honour — but saying that —-
    honours were given to Hitler — Eichmann — Mussolini —Franco
    — he’s in fitting company. —-so there.

    RAPHAEL.Q.C. — Peters & Peters.London. They were the banks

    Raphael.Q.C. along with Ivan Pictet withheld crucial documents
    requested by the High Court —- the FSA —- and the police Fraud
    Squad. —-so there.

    Raphael.Q.C. became an Honorary Queens Counsellor in March. 2012.

    Raphael.Q.C. became a Master of the Bench in Nov.2012.

    An expert in
    Fraud —the Doyen of Fraud Lawyers. —– so there.

    This says a lot
    about Banks — the consensus of opinion is that they are highly paid
    “crooks” —- no wonder they voted Ivan Pictet banker of the

    It appears that
    crimes in the “establishment.” are honoured by their peers.


    Full Story.—-
    “google ”

    Insert.—– The
    Crimes of —– Pictet & Cie Bank.


    Ivan Pictet/
    Monty Raphael Q.C.