"It is the tale of a secret love between a dashing French president and an attractive yet desperately unhappy princess who happens to hail from Wales. The book, penned by the former French head of state Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, opens with the inscription "Promise kept" and ends with the equally intriguing line: "'You asked me for permission for you to write your story,' she told me. 'I give you it, but you must make me a promise ...'".
"Is this wishful thinking by the president-cum-author or a sensational revelation that he was a confidant, if not a lover, of Diana, Princess of Wales? "Fiction or reality?" asked the French daily Le Figaro. "Only the former president has the key to this troubling story."
"La Princesse et le Président is due to be published next week. On the basis of leaked extracts, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are unlikely to be joining the stampede to Parisian bookshops to secure a copy."