Ew, Gross: Leading French Candidate, 39, Met Wife, 64 – When She Was His Ninth-Grade Teacher!

OK, look, we get it: The French are “progressive” when it comes to sex. After all, sex is just sex, and marriage is just marriage, and never the two shall meet.

The scandals never stop in France. The last president, Francois Hollande, 59, was caught in an extra-marital affair with 41-year-old actress Julie Gayet. Then there was the “Ballets Roses” scandal, in which André Le Trocquer, the Socialist Speaker of the National Assembly, was caught holding orgies with underaged girls. And don’t even get us started on Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former French finance minister, who set new lows, even for France.

But France always rises above such pettiness. A “scandal”? Hardly. As Anne-Elisabeth Moutet​ wrote in The Telegraph, ” We would only apply the term if we were referring to a man who was maintaining three separate homes, complete with children, to the knowledge of several thousand people – which, indeed, President François Mitterrand did, Louis XIV-fashion.”

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