The president of France, François Holland, has defended himself from accusations of his former first lady Valerie Trierweiler, that he described poor people as “edentulous”, referring to those who can not afford dental care.
Hollande, visibly outraged, stressed this Friday on his dedication to “the weakest, the humblest, the poorest,” and said that this is his “raison d’etre”.
“I will Never accept that the commitment of my life be questioned,” said the French president to reporters at the NATO summit in Newport, Wales.
According to a book by his ex-wife launched this week, Hollande would disparagingly labeled the poor as “edentulous”. Many Hollande’s critics and opponents have taken advantage of the term.
Hollande and Trierweiler split in January amid reports that the president had an affair with an actress.