French President Francois Hollande’s partner Valerie Trierweiler admitted on Wednesday that she had made a mistake in firing off a tweet snubbing Mr. Hollande’s ex-companion and said she regretted it.

“It was a mistake that I regret. I must have been clumsy because this was badly interpreted,” Ms. Trierweiler told newspaper Ouest-France . “I had not yet realised that I was no longer a simple citizen. It won’t happen again.”

During parliamentary elections in June, Ms. Trierweiler sent out a tweet wishing good luck to an opponent of Segolene Royal — Mr. Hollande’s ex-partner and mother of their four children.

The French press called the tweet an embarrassment to Mr. Hollande shortly after his victory in the presidential race.

There has long been speculation of intense rivalry between Ms. Royal and Ms. Trierweiler and a string of books have appeared chronicling the history of the love triangle. — AFP