François Hollande’s ‘love scooter’ fetches over €20,000 at auction

28-05-2024 12:42 PM

Ammon News - It was the vehicle that sparked a French presidential scandal, the end of a secret love affair and legal action from a bodyguard nicknamed “Croissant Man”.

The former French president François Hollande’s scooter was sold for more than €20,000 (£17,000) at auction this weekend, double its listed price and many times more its secondhand value.

The vehicle, billed as the “love scooter”, played a central role in the political crisis of January 2014 when, two years into his five-year presidential mandate, a paparazzi photographer captured Hollande riding it to make late-night visits to the actor Julie Gayet.

Hollande was living at the Élysée Palace with his partner, the Paris Match journalist Valérie Trierweiler, who learned of his affair only the night before the photographs were published in the celebrity magazine Closer.

The Guardian

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