As soon as the relationship between François Hollande and Julie Gayet had blown up in glossy magazine Closer, appeared the news that the actress had been selected to be on the jury of the Villa Medici, the prestigious French academy that hosts promising artists in Rome.
I could not but wonder about the fact that at the La Rochelle TV show Festival in Septembre 2013 and one for the prix Sopadin, an award for screenwriters, in November 201,both of which I attended, Julie Gayet was head of the jury too. The actress is good looking, pleasant but she is not the only one.
Le fait du Prince
The coveted Villa Medici has always been fuel for scandal and the first reaction of the press was to imagine some kind of nepotism on the part of François Hollande. I may be naive but I really doubt that the French President would be that stupid. It is certainly le « fait du Prince » and one can easily imagine that knowing the open secret, and Julie Gayet being such a nice person, some courtiers would have been tempted to please the King, by promoting his « favorite ».
When the Minister of Culture, Aurelie Fillipetti, announced that July Gayet will not be part of the jury of the Medici Villa, it sounded wise, politically. But I could not help feeling very sorry for her, as a woman.
Girlz meet boyz
Like Anne Sinclair, married to Dominique Strauss Kahn when he became Minister of Finances, who was the first to quit her very good political show « 7 sur 7 » for fear the job of her husband could bias or influence her own judgement. Implementing this precautionary principle, the networks later put aside Béatrice Schönberg, journalist TV presenter and companion of ex Minister of the City, Jean-Louis Borloo and later Audrey Pulvar, TV political journalist, married to Minister Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of the Rebound in industrial production. All top gun journalists had to give up their position. One must specify that those good professionals did not get their job because of their partner quite the reverse, because of their job, those girls met political boys.
Chicken and egg
Those former TV presenters are not in a predicament but still, is it fair that at the top of their career, women professional should have to choose between their husband and their job and give up what provides their independence? Because just as after a pregnancy, when their husband’s job comes to an end and or when they divorce, there is no way for the woman to get back on the top of the ladder where they were before they lived with a politician.
One can argue that politicians are mainly male and therefore such is the rule of the jungle. A pure chance. Valerie Trierweiler was the only of those women to refuse to quit her job and may be she was right to do so. Or is it the reason why. It’s chick(en) and egg, who comes first ? I cannot help thinking politics in France are very unfair to women. Political life is a bitch.
Affaire à suivre.