Réalisation : Jean-Pierre SINAPI


La maîtresse du président (The President's Mistress)

TV film

Broadcast: 07 november 2009

Production : february-march 2009

90 min



To die at the Elysée Palace in the arms of your mistress in not a common story, this is what actually happened to Félix Faure, President of the IIIrd Republic, on February 16, 1899. For a century, this misfortune has made the people smirk, however, although we know the anecdote, we’ve never delved into the true love story between Marguerite Steinheil and President Félix Faure and the true complicity they shared. And yet, this is a story which, at the end of the XIXth century, allows us to discover in Marguerite, not a courtesan, but a woman of passion, a true modern heroine whose beauty and honesty will seduce the President.

It is also a way for us to describe without compromise the customs of a time and its relations to power, its taboos, moral codes and human weaknesses, because that story is about human beings who loved, suffered and betrayed.




Cristiana Reali

Didier Bezace

Serge Riaboukine

Chantal Neuwirth

Canis Crevillén

Nadine Marcovici


Jean-Pierre Sinapi


Valérie Bonnier

Martine Moriconi


Ego Productions

Production Direction

Jean-Marie Laurens

Casting Direction

Françoise Ménidrey

General Director

Jean-Claude Brunet


Gérard Simon


Jean-Pierre Favre


Paul Mercieca


Laurence Guzzo

Hélène de Luze