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It is all over the news. Audrey Pulvar, a well-known French journalist and her minister boyfriend -Arnaud Montebourg, have broken-up. You could argue that this is hardly a news as couples break up every day. But in this instance, Audrey Pulvar told the news to the French press by text message.

Female French journalists who are covering politics tend to end up in a relationship with politicians. We have plenty of examples. Some couples seem to last, even when they are not in the spotlight any more, which has to happen eventually… Others, such as DSK & Anne Sinclair, have known a different fate. Is this proximity between politicians & journalists unhealthy? I used to think so. Now I believe that we mustn’t read too much into it. And it is not really a French specificity, is it? Just look ad General Petraeus’ latest squeeze. They work together, they spend a lot of time together. Well, things happen. I suppose it is just human nature. Not always in a very dignified way, but human nature.
But when did it become acceptable to announce a break-up by text message? I still remember a Sex & The City episode where Carrie gets dumped by Post-It. At the time, I thought that it was pure fiction. Apparently not. Some break up by changing their Facebook status. Some tweet about it. Some email it around. How times have changed…how did we manage before social media ?
Unless I have missed something, you can not sustain a relationship using social media only. A kiss by tweet is not the same than the real thing. So why would you end a relationship that happened in the real world using the cyberspace? Is it easier to get read of someone in 140 letters than to face him or her? When did we pour our heart and soul on social networks?

Just imagine if we were using Twitter to stop our energy contract @supplierX had enough of your crappy customer service. Going to sign up with @supplierY. My followers would then ReTweet it and the whole world would know, except the energy company because their Twitter account hasn’t been updated since the latest ice age anyway.

So is the virtual break-up a French thing? I don’t think so. Again, I think that it is just human nature. It is easier to avoid a confrontation. But it is not human nature at its very best!
NB: How do you like my new design? It is not completely finished yet, so bear with me. I need to update the links, etc…And don’t forget to review my blog here! A big thank you for all your patience and support. Virtual xx

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Interesting phenomenon, Muriel. I think some people have always tried to avoid confrontation. Used to be that one person would leave the house saying they were going to pick up a pack of cigarettes, and then just never came back. Now, people are using the tools available to them. BTW, I like the new design. Very clean!

  • Felicia May Stevenson

    Nah, it’s just a cowardly thing to do…. And people are cowards.

  • SarahHague

    Modern tools, modern ways. You’re right, it’s not very classy, but it is efficient.

    I prefer your new look to the old system with the turning cogs. 🙂

  • jenny woolf

    Whoo not so much breaking up but journalists having relationships with the people they are supposed to be writing about. Is there any concept of press impartiality? Not that we are exactly great at this in England, except in theory….

  • I have heard a lot of people breaking up over text. So not right. I feel somethings are meant to be done in person – unless your boyfriend turns into a creepy, punching maniac – better done on text then! 🙂

  • MuMuGB

    It certainly doesn’t feel right. There should be a breaking-up etiquette and you would have to do it face to face!

  • MuMuGB

    Welcome to France Jenny! They work together, and, well, they end up sleeping together. A very cosy relationship indeed! Between you and me, I find things a little bit better over here!

  • MuMuGB

    It is indeed very efficient! That said, I can’t get my head around it…Maybe I am just too old-fashioned. Thanks for your kind words on the design and on the review. bear with me, it is not finished yet!

  • MuMuGB

    You might well be right. We want to move on and forget the pain. But there is no such thing as virtual pain, is there?

  • MuMuGB

    Maybe we are just trying to protect ourselves when we avoid confrontation. I wonder. The pain will remain, don’t you think?
    Thanks for your kind words on my new design and have a happy festive season!

  • I’ve wondered about the French politician-journalist thing. It seems to be more prevalent in that country. Kind of blurs the line of objectivity on the part of both people I would think.

    As for your design in progress, I wanted to point out one thing I had problems with. The items on the left column (about me, archives, etc.), I can’t get them to stay still so I can click on any. As I scroll down and up the page that column moves so that it always settles no lower than the g+. I can’t see below the g+ long enough to click on anything. I haven’t tried it on other browsers besides FF.

  • MuMuGB

    Glad you like my new design. I feel very old because it took me ages to set it up. Anyway, we are getting there!

  • It’s so true! Social media is really taking over as a platform for communication on so many fronts. Maybe it’s the introverts in us? =)

  • Joy

    How did we live before social media, and more importantly, how did we live (and survive!) before the internet! Well, it is human nature too to be social, to want to belong, whether it’s in the flesh or virtual. Maybe virtual reality has also made ‘affairs’ / infidelity more accessible. Hmmm, interesting thought….

  • Penelope J

    A virtual breakup? I guess anything goes nowadays. In this case, did Audrey text break up with the minister in a text to the French press as well, or text the news that she was breaking up to the French press?

    I agree that a text break up is a way to avoid confrontation and it’s also cowardly. But her aim seems to have been to get public attention and she certainly has achieved this. I also think this was an act of revenge, getting back at him in public.

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