‘The only failing’ of Segolene, Montebourg said with a smile on his lips. ‘Is her companion.’
His comments were met with a shocked silence. Not the reaction he’d been anticipating. When the Canal Plus show was over, he called Segolene to offer his resignation. She decided his quip merited a less severe telling-off and suspended him for a month instead. Hollande, it was reported, was not amused.
The solution may have satisfied the father of her four children, but it made her look like a school teacher. When Montebourg returns as her spokesman in a month’s time, will anybody take him seriously?