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Five members of French President Francois Hollande’s staff have been reassigned as police investigate photos taken of the president with actress Julie Gayet inside the Elysee Palace.

The photos in Voici magazine show Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet sitting on a terrace in the grounds of the presidential palace.

Their alleged love affair made worldwide headlines in January.

Police believe the photos may have been taken by a member of Francois Hollande’s staff last month on a mobile phone.

Voici magazine described the photos of Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet – published earlier this month – as a “tender moment… behind the walls of the Elysee”, where she spends “several nights a week”.

Newspaper reports say some of the staff who have been transferred as police investigate the security breach were appointed by Francois Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Photos in January of Francois Hollande in a scooter helmet visiting Julie Gayet in a Paris apartment set off a media frenzy as the president was at the time in a relationship with Valerie Trierweiler.

In March, a French court ordered Closer magazine to pay Julie Gayet 15,000 euros ($19,000) over a breach of privacy for revealing the affair.


Valerie Trierweiler, a journalist, published a bestselling memoir soon afterwards detailing their relationship, in which she depicted Francois Hollande as a self-centered champagne socialist with no time for the poor.

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French actress Julie Gayet has been pictured entering and leaving the back entrance of the Elysee palace, VSD magazine has reported.

VSD, a weekly gossip magazine, published pictures it said proved that President Francois Hollande spends “almost every night” with Julie Gayet at the French presidential palace.

Julie Gayet, 42, also spent several days this summer with Francois Hollande in La Lanterne – the same Versailles retreat where Valerie Trierweiler, the president’s spurned ex-girlfriend, was sent to recover from a nervous breakdown after revelations over the affair.

President François Hollande, 60, suffered one of the darkest days of his flailing presidency on November 7 after a midterm television bid to persuade the French he can turn the tide was widely panned, and his turbulent private life hit the headlines once again.

Francois Hollande's affair with Julie Gayet was first revealed in January 2014

Francois Hollande’s affair with Julie Gayet was first revealed in January 2014

Although almost eight million French people tuned into Francois Hollande’s television interview on November 6, precisely halfway through his five-year mandate, the general press consensus was that he had flounced perhaps his “last chance” to win back the French.

Hours after Francois Hollande went onto national television to ask the media to respect his private life following a string of damaging revelations, pictures of a blue Ford Galaxy said to contain Julie Gayet leaving the Elysee hit the news-stands.

In recent months, there have been several reports that Francois Hollande’s relationship with Julie Gayet – a staunch Socialist supporter – was over.

VSD insisted that the relationship was very much back on track and that she sleeps “almost every night at the Elysee”.

“There is no longer any possible doubt: François Hollande and Julie Gayet are still in love,” it wrote.

According to VSD, Julie Gayet arrives almost every evening “around 6.30 PM and leaves the following morning at 8.30 AM”, spending most weekends in the Elysee “making sure she doesn’t stand in front of any windows”.

Francois Hollande’s affair with Julie Gayet was first revealed in January 2014, when Closer magazine published sensational pictures of the president arriving on the back of a moped for secret trysts a stone’s throw from the Elysee, using a helmet as camouflage.

It emerged yesterday, however, that former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who Francois Hollande succeeded at the Elysee in 2012, was aware of the affair two months before it reached the public – sparking speculation he might have been tipped off by an Elysee mole.

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Valerie Trierweiler has revealed in her newly released tell-all book that she swallowed sleeping pills after confronting President Francois Hollande over his affair with actress Julie Gayet.

France’s former first lady’s account of their break-up has been revealed in excerpts of a book published by Paris Match magazine.

Photos of Francois Hollande’s liaison with Julie Gayet appeared in January 2014.

Valerie Trierweiler, 49, describes how she snapped after hearing about the affair and wanted to escape.

Francois Hollande’s break-up with Valerie Trierweiler captivated France for weeks at the start of 2014 and such was the secrecy surrounding her book that it was printed in Germany.

Until now Valerie Trierweiler has said little about how their relationship ended and the contents of her book, Thank You For This Moment.

Even President Francois Hollande only found out about it on September 2.

Valerie Trierweiler has revealed she swallowed sleeping pills after confronting Francois Hollande over his affair with Julie Gayet

Valerie Trierweiler has revealed she swallowed sleeping pills after confronting Francois Hollande over his affair with Julie Gayet (photo AFP)

“The Julie Gayet story is the top headline on the morning bulletins,” Valerie Trierweiler’s account in Paris Match begins.

“I crack up. I can’t listen to that. I rush into the bathroom. I grab the little plastic bag which has sleeping pills in. Francois has followed me, he tries to snatch the bag. I run into the bedroom.

“He snatches the bag which tears. Some pills spill on the ground. I reach out to pick some up, I swallow what I can. I want to sleep, I don’t want to live through the coming hours. I want to escape, I lose consciousness.”

After pictures were published by Closer magazine of Francois Hollande arriving at a flat for meetings with Julie Gayet, Valerie Trierweiler was admitted to hospital in Paris where she spent a week.

At the time, French media quoted a friend of Valerie Trierweiler saying that she had taken “one pill too many” but denying she had tried to commit suicide.

Valerie Trierweiler then continued her recuperation at the presidential residence at Versailles before the couple formally separated.

Julie Gayet, 42, successfully sued Closer magazine in March for breaching her privacy.

Before beginning a relationship with Valerie Trierweiler, Francois Hollande had four children with Segolene Royal, a former Socialist presidential candidate who joined the French government this year and is now environment minister.

In one extract in Paris Match – the magazine that journalist Valerie Trierweiler worked for before and during her time as first lady – she describes how Francois Hollande initially admitted only that the affair had gone on for more than a month. Eventually, Valerie Trierweiler discovered it had lasted an entire year.

Valerie Trierweiler also takes a swipe at Francois Hollande’s Socialist credentials, claiming that while he has created an image of disliking the rich, “in reality the president doesn’t like the poor”.

“He, the man of the left, talks about <<the toothless ones>> in private, very proud of his humorous streak.”

The hashtag “SansDents” fast became a top-trending French-language topic on Twitter on September 3 just behind “Trierweiler”.

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France’s former First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is set to release a tell-all book about her tumultuous relationship with President Francois Hollande, AFP reported.

Valerie Trierweiler, a 49-year-old journalist, was dumped unceremoniously by Francois Hollande in January 2014 after Closer magazine revealed his affair with actress Julie Gayet, and has since remained broadly silent about an event she once said had felt like falling “from a skyscraper”. Sh had all along been secretly writing a book about her years-long relationship with the Socialist leader, which comes out tomorrow and does not “spare” Francois Hollande, according to parliamentary channel LCP which broke the news.

“Everything I write is true,” Valerie Trierweiler writes on the cover of the book, called Thank You For This Moment and unveiled in Paris-Match, a glossy magazine for which she used to be a political reporter and still contributes to.

“At the Elysee [presidential palace], I sometimes felt as if I was on a story. And I have suffered too much from lies to tell lies myself.”

The 320-page book “is a cry of love as well as a slow descent into hell, a plunge into the intimacy of a couple. Two people and nothing more: Valerie and Francois,” Paris-Match writes.

The Elysee said it was “not aware” of the book’s publication.

“So by definition we have not read this book,” a source close to Francois Hollande told AFP.

Valerie Trierweiler is set to release a tell-all book about her tumultuous relationship with President Francois Hollande

Valerie Trierweiler is set to release a tell-all book about her tumultuous relationship with President Francois Hollande (photo Getty Images)

Valerie Trierweiler met Francois Hollande in the mid-2000s while he was in a relationship with Segolene Royal – herself a former presidential candidate – and the pair began a secret liaison.

Francois Hollande subsequently left Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children, for Valerie Trierweiler who became the de facto first lady of France after he was elected in 2012, despite the fact the pair were not married.

News of Francois Hollande’s affair with 42-year-old Julie Gayet caused shock waves in France in January, and Valerie Trierweiler was hospitalized for a week after Closer magazine published pictures of the president arriving for secret trysts with the actress at a borrowed flat.

Francois Hollande then announced their relationship was over in an 18-word statement that was devoid of regret or remorse for the woman he had described as “the love of my life” in 2010.

“Eighteen words is almost one word for each month we spent together since he was elected,” Valerie Trierweiler told Le Parisien daily in January, describing herself as “more disappointed than hurt”.

According to Paris-Match, this is the first time that a former first lady “really tells the story of nine years of a relationship eroded by jealousy and power … A story of love … and despair”. The weekly – which publishes extracts of the book in an issue that comes out on September 3 in Paris and on September 4 in the rest of France – describes Valerie Trierweiler as a “passionate lover, possessive, mad about this man whom she admires, who makes her laugh and delightfully destabilizes her”.

The book could also prove an embarrassment for President Francois Hollande, whose approval ratings are at a record low.

However, the memoir will not be the first by a former first lady.

Nicolas Sarkozy’s ex-wife Cecilia Attias, who was a key adviser in his successful 2007 campaign but divorced him soon after, also published an autobiography last year, which sold tens of thousands of copies.

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Julie Gayet has won a privacy case over a photo published by Closer magazine during its coverage of her alleged affair with President Francois Hollande.

The photo shows actress Julie Gayet sitting inside her car, which under French law is considered to be a private space.

The alleged affair made international headlines after it was revealed by the magazine in January this year.

Closer magazine has already paid damages to the actress for publishing the report.

Julie Gayet has won a privacy case over a photo published by Closer magazine during its coverage of her alleged affair with President Francois Hollande

Julie Gayet has won a privacy case over a photo published by Closer magazine during its coverage of her alleged affair with President Francois Hollande (photo AFP/Getty Images)

On September 2, a court in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre handed photographer Laurent Viers a suspended fine of 1,000 euros ($1,300) for taking the photo of the actress sitting at the wheel of the car.

The fine only needs to be paid if the defendant re-offends.

Closer magazine published the picture with the caption: “It’s in her white Citroen that Julie Gayet meets the president.”

The director general of Closer magazine’s publisher, Carmine Perna, and its editor in chief, Laurence Pieau, both received suspended fines of 3,000 euros.

Laurence Pieau had earlier contested the ruling saying that “for me, a car is not a private space”.

However, Julie Gayet’s lawyer described it as an “important ruling”, saying that it was the first time officials from the magazine had been sentenced.

In March, Closer magazine was ordered to pay Julie Gayet 15,000 euros for breach of privacy over the publication of images purporting to show her and Francois Hollande arriving at a Paris flat.

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Closer magazine has been ordered by a French court to pay actress Julie Gayet 15,000 euros ($20,000) over a breach of privacy for revealing her affair with President Francois Hollande.

Closer published photographs of Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet arriving separately at an apartment in January.

The payout was far lower than the 50,000 euros Julie Gayet had sought.

The Paris court ordered the magazine to publish the ruling on the front page of its next edition.

Closer caused a political storm in France on January 10 when it published images purporting to show Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet arriving at a Paris flat for alleged trysts.

Although he refused to comment on the allegations, Francois Hollande announced that he had “put an end” to his “shared life” with long-term partner Valerie Trierweiler shortly afterwards.

Closer magazine has been ordered to pay Julie Gayet 15,000 euros over a breach of privacy for revealing her affair with President Francois Hollande

Closer magazine has been ordered to pay Julie Gayet 15,000 euros over a breach of privacy for revealing her affair with President Francois Hollande

During court hearings, Julie Gayet’s lawyer said she had been “hunted” by journalists.

“She was assaulted by swarms of photographers… it was like the hunt of a wild animal,” he said.

Closer‘s lawyer maintained that the magazine was justified in publishing the photographs, saying they were in the public interest because they raised questions about Francois Hollande’s “duty of transparency”.

Julie Gayet has also filed two criminal complaints: one for a breach of privacy over photographs taken of her inside a car and another accusing paparazzi of “endangering others” while chasing her.

The mother of two, who has acted in more than 70 films over a 20-year career, has kept a low profile since the scandal broke.

During a rare public appearance in New York earlier this month Julie Gayet fended off questions about her relationship with President Francois Hollande, saying: “My private life is my private life.”

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France’s former first lady Valerie Trierweiler has said that hearing news of President Francois Hollande’s affair with actress Julie Gayet was like falling from a skyscraper.

Valerie Trierweiler said in an interview with Paris Match she had refused to believe reports of the affair until she saw it in gossip magazine Closer, which printed photos.

Francois Hollande said on Saturday he had “put an end” to his “shared life” with Valerie Trierweiler, his unmarried partner.

Opposition politicians have accused him of callousness and egotism.

Francois Hollande, 59, has neither confirmed nor denied the report in Closer on January 10 that he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, 41.

Valerie Trierweiler, 48, was admitted to hospital shortly after news of the report and had been living at a presidential retreat in Versailles since her release.

Hours after Francois Hollande announced he had left Valerie Trierweiler, her presidential Twitter account was shut down, while her page on the French presidential website was no longer active on Monday.

Speaking to Paris Match, the French magazine for which she works as a journalist, Valerie Trierweiler said: “When I found out, it was like I’d fallen from a skyscraper.”

Valerie Trierweiler has said that hearing news of Francois Hollande's affair was like falling from a skyscraper

Valerie Trierweiler has said that hearing news of Francois Hollande’s affair was like falling from a skyscraper

“Clearly I had heard the rumors but you heard [rumors] about everyone. I hear them about myself too, all of the time. I paid no attention to them.”

Valerie Trierweiler, who has been divorced twice, said she was not “undergoing a period of crisis”.

“It’s not the first break-up in my life,” she said.

“This one was violent because of the media attention.”

Telling the magazine she had no regrets, Valerie Trierweiler said she planned to take up her previous life, “enriched by a new experience”.

Valerie Trierweiler moved in with Francois Hollande after his official separation from Segolene Royal, the unmarried mother of his four children, in 2007. Valerie Trierweiler has three children of her own by her last husband.

Speaking separately to another French weekly, Le Parisien Magazine, Valerie Trierweiler said she and Francois Hollande had exchanged text messages after his announcement of their break-up because of his concern for her health.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a leading figure in France’s main centre-right party the UMP, has predicted that women voters will not quickly forget the dry manner in which the president announced their separation.

“I felt like I was reading a sacking letter rather than a break-up one,” the candidate for mayor of Paris said.

Julie Gayet has been keeping a very low profile, AFP news agency notes, although friends have been quoted in the media as saying she has no intention of trying to become the next first lady.

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France’s President Francois Hollande has confirmed his separation from Valerie Trierweiler.

Francois Hollande told the French news agency AFP that their “shared life” had ended.

Earlier, his office at the Elysee Palace denied split reports.

Two weeks ago Closer magazine published photos which appeared to show Francois Hollande had been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Valerie Trierweiler spent a week in hospital after the revelations.

Francois Hollande, who has never denied having an affair with Julie Gayet, has admitted to a “difficult moment” in his relationship with Valerie Trierweiler.

At the time, he promised to clarify the situation before his official visit to Washington on February 11.

Francois Hollande has confirmed his separation from Valerie Trierweiler

Francois Hollande has confirmed his separation from Valerie Trierweiler

Francois Hollande told AFP he was speaking in a personal capacity and not as the head of state.

“I am making it known that I have put an end to my shared life with Valerie Trierweiler,” the president said.

On Thursday, Valerie Trierweiler sacked her lawyer for saying she was seeking to end her relationship with Francois Hollande “with the greatest possible dignity”.

Valerie Trierweiler, who has continued to work as a journalist for the glossy magazine Paris-Match, is travelling to India on Sunday in support of the work of the French charity Action Against Hunger.

Since she left hospital, Valerie Trierweiler has been staying at an official residence, La Lanterne, near Versailles.

“He [Francois Hollande] has consulted her and brought her up to date, she accepts the situation as a fait accompli, but she is leaving it to him to take the initiative,” a member of Valerie Trierweiler’s entourage told the newspaper Le Parisien.

Valerie Trierweiler and Francois Hollande have never married.

The Elysee Palace has contradicted media reports that President Francois Hollande would officially announce his separation from his partner, Valerie Trierweiler, on Saturday.

The president’s office said “false rumors” had been circulating in the French media.

Two weeks ago Closer magazine published photos apparently showing Francois Hollande’s affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Valerie Trierweiler spent a week in hospital after the revelations.

Francois Hollande, who has never denied having an affair with Julie Gayet, has admitted to a “difficult moment” in his relationship with Valerie Trierweiler.

On Thursday, Valerie Trierweiler sacked her lawyer for saying she was seeking to end her relationship with Francois Hollande “with the greatest possible dignity”.

The Elysee Palace has contradicted media reports that President Francois Hollande would officially announce his separation from Valerie Trierweiler

The Elysee Palace has contradicted media reports that President Francois Hollande would officially announce his separation from Valerie Trierweiler

Sources close to Francois Hollande told French media the presidency would make an official announcement on Saturday.

Valerie Trierweiler, who has continued to work as a journalist for the glossy magazine Paris-Match, is travelling to India on Sunday in support of the work of the French charity Action Against Hunger.

Since she left hospital, Valerie Trierweiler has been staying at an official residence, La Lanterne, near Versailles.

“He [Francois Hollande] has consulted her and brought her up to date, she accepts the situation as a fait accompli, but she is leaving it to him to take the initiative,” a member of Valerie Trierweiler’s entourage told the newspaper Le Parisien.

Valerie Trierweiler and Francois Hollande have never married. She announced their relationship six months after he left his previous partner, one-time French presidential candidate Segolene Royal, with whom he has four children.

For her part, Julie Gayet has announced she is suing Closer magazine, which published the original reports, for breach of privacy.

President Francois Hollande has met Pope Francis at the Vatican on his first foreign visit since reports of his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet.

A Vatican statement said Francois Hollande and Pope Francis’ talks covered the family, bioethics and respect for religious communities.

France is planning to amend its laws on abortion and assisted suicide.

Francois Hollande’s partner, Valerie Trierweiler, spent a week in hospital amid claims he had been having an affair with Julie Gayet.

Julie Gayet has announced she is suing Closer magazine, which published the original reports, for breach of privacy.

Valerie Trierweiler, meanwhile, is travelling to India on Sunday in support of the work of the French charity Action Against Hunger.

On Thursday she sacked her lawyer for saying she was seeking to end her relationship withFrancois Hollande “with the greatest possible dignity”.

Valerie Trierweiler told the Europe 1 radio network she “felt betrayed”.

Francois Hollande has met Pope Francis at the Vatican on his first foreign visit since reports of his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet

Francois Hollande has met Pope Francis at the Vatican on his first foreign visit since reports of his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet

Speaking after their meeting, Francois Hollande said he had asked the Pope if the Vatican would receive a delegation from one of Syria’s main opposition groups, the National Council.

Talks aimed at ending the three-year-old Syrian conflict are under way in Switzerland.

“We need to do everything to stop the fighting and dispatch humanitarian aid,” Francois  Hollande said.

Hours before Francois Hollande arrived in Rome, a small bomb exploded outside the offices of a French foundation near the Vatican. No-one was injured, police said, but three parked cars were damaged.

In addition to his alleged affair with Julie Gayet, Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler have never married – a further irritant to Catholic traditionalists.

Francois Hollande has refused to state whether Valerie Trierweiler remains his official partner and the first lady of France. The president has promised to clarify the situation before he makes a state visit to Washington next month.

He also has four children with his previous partner, Segolene Royal.

Relations between the Catholic Church and Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party have also been strained at a policy level.

The French National Assembly on Tuesday voted to strengthen the right to abortion and is considering a bill on assisted suicide.

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Valerie Trierweiler has left the Paris hospital where she was admitted a week ago after reports emerged of an affair between President Francois Hollande and actress Julie Gayet.

France’s first lady left the Pitie Salpetriere hospital for a presidential residence at La Lanterne in Versailles, the magazine Paris Match said.

Valerie Trierweiler was admitted to hospital apparently in shock after learning of Closer magazine reports.

It said that the affair had begun during the 2012 presidential race.

Valerie Trierweiler left the Pitie Salpetriere hospital for a presidential residence at La Lanterne in Versailles

Valerie Trierweiler left the Pitie Salpetriere hospital for a presidential residence at La Lanterne in Versailles

Valerie Trierweiler, 48, works for Paris Match, which said she was planning to rest at the residence.

Francois Hollande has not commented on the latest news.

However, a source at the presidential office told AFP that Valerie Trierweiler would rest at La Lanterne “for a few days”.

Valerie Trierweiler was admitted to hospital on January 10.

Francois Hollande visited her for the first time on Thursday evening.

French media have claimed that Valerie Trierweiler suffered an anxiety attack last week, but her friends have played down her condition.

President Francois Hollande would clarify whether Valerie Trierweiler was still first lady before a trip to the US on February 9.

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Closer magazine first published details of President Francois Hollande’s affair with actress Julie Gayet last Friday.

Francois Hollande’s partners:

  • 1988: Francois Hollande meets journalist Valerie Trierweiler. He was a Socialist Party MP with a steady partner, Segolene Royal
  • Family years: Valerie Trierweiler raises three children with second husband, while Francois Hollande raises four with his unmarried partner, Segolene Royal
    Francois Hollande's partners, Segolene Royal, Valerie Trierweiler and Julie Gayet

    Francois Hollande’s partners, Segolene Royal, Valerie Trierweiler and Julie Gayet

  • November 2007: Valerie Trierweiler announces she is Francois Hollande’s new partner, six months after he leaves Segolen Royal, who has just been defeated as the Socialist presidential candidate
  • Early 2012: Francois Hollande allegedly begins affair with actress Julie Gayet, who has two children from her first marriage to Santiago Amigorena
  • May 2012: Valerie Trierweiler, still officially Francois Hollande’s unmarried partner, becomes first lady of France after his victory in the presidential election
  • June 2013: Valerie Trierweiler wins damages of 10,000 euros ($13,675) from authors of The Troublemaker, a book that made allegations about her private life before Francois Hollande’s election
  • January 2014: Valerie Trierweiler is admitted to hospital after Closer publishes a report on Francois Hollande’s alleged affair with Julie Gayet, accompanied by photos.[youtube IM2ZslAue_Q 650]

France’s President Francois Hollande has visited First Lady Valerie Trierweiler in hospital for the first time since reports of his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet broke last week.

Valerie Trierweiler was admitted to hospital, apparently in shock after learning of the reports.

Closer magazine first published details of Francois Hollande’s link with Julie Gayet last Friday.

The gossip magazine has further alleged that the affair began during the 2012 presidential race.

Julie Gayet, 41, says she is suing Closer magazine for breach of privacy, seeking 50,000 euros ($68,000) in damages and 4,000 euros in legal costs.

Francois Hollande visited his partner in hospital for the first time on Thursday evening, the Elysee Palace confirmed on Friday, without giving further details.

Valerie Trierweiler, 48, was admitted to hospital last Friday – hours after the first revelations made by Closer magazine.

President Francois Hollande has visited First Lady Valerie Trierweiler in hospital for the first time since reports of his alleged affair

President Francois Hollande has visited First Lady Valerie Trierweiler in hospital for the first time since reports of his alleged affair

In an apparent defense of Francois Hollande’s character, Valerie Trierweiler reportedly spoke to a radio journalist earlier on Thursday to explain that he had been told to stay away from the hospital by doctors.

The journalist said she was told Francois Hollande had sent flowers and chocolates and had met the team that is looking after Valerie Trierweiler.

Valerie Trierweiler said she was “very tired to the point of not being able to stand up”, and had been suffering from low blood pressure and low morale but was determined to leave hospital with her head held high.

In response to the reports, a source at the Elysee Palace said Francois Hollande was “not unhappy” about the hospital forbidding him to visit.

French media have claimed that Valerie Trierweiler suffered an anxiety attack last week, but her friends have played down her condition.

Le Point magazine quoted a friend of Valerie Trierweiler as saying she had taken “one pill too many”, but had not tried to commit suicide.

At his annual news conference on Tuesday at the Elysee to discuss his political agenda, Francois Hollande was asked questions about the alleged affair.

Francois Hollande, 59, said he was experiencing a “difficult moment” in his private life but refused to answer questions over the report in Closer, saying “private matters should be dealt with privately”.

Nor would he clarify whether Valerie Trierweiler was still first lady before a February trip to the US.

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Closer magazine has revealed today that French President François Hollande’s relationship with actress Julie Gayet goes back for over two years.

The gossip magazine, which revealed the affair a week ago, said that Julie Gayet, now 41, had been introduced to Francois Hollande by his former partner Ségolène Royal in 2011 when he was a front-running presidential candidate.

Their romantic affair can be traced back at least 12 months to December 2012, Closer said, but their relationship was already “intimate” during the presidential campaign in the spring of that year.

While currently linked to Francois Hollande, Julie Gayet was previously romanced by a different leading man. Julie Gayet was reportedly married to screenwriter, film producer, director and actor Santiago Amigorena in 2003.

Santiago Amigorena is best known for his work directing the war thriller A Few Days in September and was also awarded by the Warsaw International Film Festival for directing the feature Another Silence in 2011.

Julie Gayet’s ex-husband, the writer Santiago Amigorena, 51, confirmed his former wife was “very calm and confident” as she hid away from the media storm created by the scandal.

He said his ex-wife, with whom he has two sons, was a “sublime actress, who works a lot, a mother who cares for her two children”.

Santiago Amigorena insisted there was “no fault, no deception” on her part.

Closer magazine has revealed that President François Hollande’s relationship with actress Julie Gayet goes back for over two years

Closer magazine has revealed that President François Hollande’s relationship with actress Julie Gayet goes back for over two years

Julie Gayet’s ex-husband, the writer Santiago Amigorena, 51, confirmed his former wife was “very calm and confident” as she hid away from the media storm created by the scandal.

He said his ex-wife, with whom he has two sons, was a “sublime actress, who works a lot, a mother who cares for her two children”.

Santiago Amigorena insisted there was “no fault, no deception” on her part.

Before her scandalous relationship with Francois Hollande, Julie Gayet did make her name for herself in the acting business overseas. According to her IMDB page, Julie Gayet has been credited in 90 roles since working in the film industry in the 1990s.

In 1997 Julie Gayet was awarded with the Brussels International Film Festival award for best actress for her role in the French film, Select Hotel.

In 2009, Julie Gayet won the Tokyo International Film Festival best actress award for her role in 8 Fois Debout. She is reportedly currently filming the made-for-TV movie Ca va passer… Mais quand?.

Meanwhile, Julie Gayet, breaking her silence about the affair, has formally denied in a statement to Europe 1 radio reports that she is four months pregnant. An unsourced rumor of her pregnancy, which appeared briefly on a French blog, was picked up by some foreign media earlier this week.

Julie Gayet is already the parent to two teenage sons.

According to a report from the Telegraph, Julie Gayet comes from a prestigious upbringing. The British publication reported last week that Francois Hollande’s alleged lover was raised in the western Paris suburb of Suresnes. Her parents reportedly worked as a surgeon and an antiques dealer. According to the article, Julie Gayet has previously commented on her upbringing, stating that she didn’t take on acting as a career “for the money”.

When recently prompted by reporters to address his alleged affair with Julie Gayet and his relationship with Valerie Trierweiler, President Francois Hollande would only reveal the current “pain” he is dealing with in his personal life, saying: “Everyone in his private life can go through ordeals. That is what is happening to us.”

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A survey for French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur showed a three-point jump among women in approval for President Francois Hollande following Julie Gayet affair report, from 23% in December to 26%.

In contrast, men in France seem far less impressed by the president’s reported liaisons and his rating stayed at 26%.

Francois Hollande’s official partner Valerie Trierweiler, 48, is still in a hospital bed in central Paris, where she has been lying since news of the president’s affair with Julie Gayet, 41, broke last Friday.

There is nothing physically wrong with Valerie Trierweiler, but she said learning about the relationship was like “being hit by a high-speed train” and is desperate to win public sympathy.

Intriguingly, an Elysee Palace spokesman would not say to whether Francois Hollande had even visited his de fact first lady in hospital, where Valerie Trierweiler has so far spent few nights.

Francois Rebsamen, a Socialist MP, said the revelations showed the entire idea of a First Lady was outdated.

“There is no longer a First Lady in France – these practices are outdated, passé and should be banned,” he told RTL radio.

He added: “François Hollande himself said it at one point: You elect a person. And then this person can live alone, can be single, can live with another man or a woman. It’s doesn’t interest people and it doesn’t come into play.”

“This means that there is no First Lady, it’s over.”

Valerie Trierweiler and Francois Hollande are not married but have been together for six years, making her the de facto first lady

Valerie Trierweiler and Francois Hollande are not married but have been together for six years, making her the de facto first lady

Mother-of-three Valerie Trierweiler, 48, has told friends she is ready to forgive Francois Hollande if he states both “publicly and privately” that his affair with Julie Gayet is over.

Francois Hollande has spoken only about the scandal since it was made public last Friday, to say he deplored the intrusion into his privacy.

Despite the media attention, a recent poll found 80% of French people believed Francois Hollande’s love life should remain private.

And 90% believed France’s struggling economy is the most critical issues facing the nation.

A spokesman said Valerie Trierweiler, would stay in hospital “for another six or eight more days”, adding that she needed rest after a “very strong emotional shock”.

From her hospital bed, Valerie Trierweiler seemed well enough to be orchestrating a campaign to win public sympathy.

She let it be known that she felt she had been “hit by a high-speed train” – but was ready to forgive Francois Hollande.

Valerie Trierweiler and Francois Hollande are not married but have been together for six years, making her the de facto first lady when the Socialist leader became president in 2012.

The divorced magazine journalist, who still writes a column for Paris Match, has been widely criticized for her high living.

She has five taxpayer-funded staff at her permanent disposal and the use of several homes, jets and limousines.

Valerie Trierweiler has been personally briefing French newspaper Le Parisien, which quoted “a friend” as saying: “She seems ready to forgive, but she wants to know quickly what Francois Hollande’s intentions are.”

Frédéric Gerschel of Le Parisien later said he had spoken directly to Valerie Trierweiler.

He said: “She has made it clear that a clarification is needed. She knows that, if she is no longer first lady she cannot continue to have an office in the Elysee and make use of state funds.”

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Julie Gayet, the actress who is believed to be having an affair with Fance’s President Francois Hollande, is reported to be four-month pregnant.

The sensational claim, posted on the official Twitter account of the lereel.fr website, is said to have come from a source close to Francois Hollande and been confirmed by a journalist working for the M6 television news channel.

A translation of the post reads: “Julie Gayet is four months pregnant according to a source close of Francois Hollande at the Elysee, information confirmed by a journalist at M6.”

Julie Gayet, the actress who is believed to be having an affair with Fance’s President Francois Hollande, is reported to be four-month pregnant

Julie Gayet, the actress who is believed to be having an affair with Fance’s President Francois Hollande, is reported to be four-month pregnant

On Tuesday’s press conference, President Francois Hollande refused to answer whether his long-term partner Valerie Trierweiler is still France’s First Lady, but said he would clarify her status before his trip to Washington next month.

Francois Hollande said he would answer the question of Valerie Trierweiler’s status before his planned visit to the US on February 11.

He said the presidential partner had “no official status” in France, and he was determined to keep costs down, whoever was confirmed as First Lady.

Valerie Trierweiler is the first person to hold the post who was not married to the president.

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Closer magazine claims French President Francois Hollande has been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet for two years.

The gossip magazine also printed more details of the alleged romance, which it says began during the 2012 presidential race.

Julie Gayet has announced she is suing Closer magazine for breach of privacy.

Francois Hollande’s official partner and France’s first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, remains in hospital, where she was admitted after learning of the alleged affair a week ago.

In its latest revelations, Closer said Francois Hollande used a second apartment in the west of Paris to meet the 41-year-old actress.

It is claimed the pair snatched weekends together in the south of France, and that Francois Hollande made excuses to avoid a holiday in Greece last year with Valerie Trierweiler, so he could travel instead to his Correze constituency with Julie Gayet.

The magazine said the president and Julie Gayet had been having a “turbulent romance” for two years – during and after Francois Hollande’s election campaign.

The magazine did not publish any further photos despite earlier reports that it would.

Closer magazine claims French President Francois Hollande has been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet for two years

Closer magazine claims French President Francois Hollande has been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet for two years

Julie Gayet is seeking 50,000 euros ($68,000) in damages and 4,000 euros in legal costs from the magazine.

If she wins, Closer will have to publish the legal verdict on its cover page, AFP reports.

Francois Hollande decided not to take legal action after first threatening to.

Valerie Trierweiler – seemingly still keen to defend Francois Hollande’s character – is said to have defended him following reports he had not visited her in hospital.

She phoned a journalist on Thursday to explain it was her doctors who had asked Francois Hollande not to attend.

Valerie Trierweiler said she is still too weak to stand – and that the president has sent flowers and chocolates in his absence.

In response to the reports, a source at the Elysee Palace said Francois Hollande was “not unhappy” about the hospital forbidding him to visit.

Meanwhile, French magazine Le Point has quoted a friend of Valerie Trierweiler saying she had not tried to commit suicide but had taken “one pill too many”.

Francois Hollande, 59, told reporters on Tuesday he was experiencing a “difficult moment” in his private life but refused to answer questions over the report in Closer, saying “private matters should be dealt with privately”.

Nor would he clarify whether Valerie Trierweiler, 48, was still first lady before a February trip to the US.

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Julie Gayet, the actress linked to French President Francois Hollande, is suing Closer magazine that published photos of their alleged affair.

Julie Gayet, 41, initiated proceedings against Closer for breach of privacy, the magazine told AFP news agency.

Francois Hollande himself said last week he was considering suing the magazine.

Julie Gayet is suing Closer magazine that published photos of her alleged affair with President Francois Hollande

Julie Gayet is suing Closer magazine that published photos of her alleged affair with President Francois Hollande

The photos plunged the presidency into a crisis which saw Francois Hollande’s official partner, Valerie Trierweiler, taken to hospital.

Julie Gayet is seeking 50,000 euros ($68,000) in damages and 4,000 euros in legal costs from the magazine.

If Julie Gayet wins, Closer magazine will have to publish the legal verdict on its cover page, AFP reports.

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French government has blocked the appointment of actress Julie Gayet to a cultural jury.

Julie Gayet was recently linked to an affair with President Francois Hollande.

The culture ministry gave no reasons for blocking Julie Gayet from the jury, which selects scholarships for Villa Medici – the French academy in Rome.

Allegations of Julie Gayet and Francois Hollande affair surfaced in the magazine Closer last week.

Valerie Trierweiler, Francois Hollande’s official partner and France’s first lady, has been in hospital since Friday with what aides call “shock”.

At a news conference yesterday, Francois Hollande said he was experiencing a “difficult moment” in his private life.

The president refused to answer questions about the allegations, saying “private matters should be dealt with privately”.

Julie Gayet was recently linked to an affair with President Francois Hollande

Julie Gayet was recently linked to an affair with President Francois Hollande

Julie Gayet has not commented publicly on the allegations.

The satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine said Julie Gayet, 41, had been proposed to the 2014 jury last month by the director of the Academy of France in Villa Medici, Eric de Chassey.

The academy’s website announced her appointment on its website.

However, the office of Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti said on Wednesday: “Her name was put forward by Eric de Chassey… but the minister has decided not to nominate her. The order has not been signed.”

The unpaid jury’s role is to select some 15 people to take up cultural scholarships lasting 12-18 months at the Villa Medici, located in the Villa Borghese in Rome.

The academy was founded in the 17th Century and traditionally awarded scholarships to such disciplines as painting, sculpture and architecture, though in recent years it has been broadened to include literature, film, photography and other cultural areas.

Francois Hollande, who has never married, left his previous partner, fellow Socialist politician Segolene Royal, to be with Valerie Trierweiler.

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France’s President Francois Hollande has said during a news conference that he is experiencing a “difficult moment” in his private life, following claims of an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

However, Francois Hollande refused to answer questions over the report, saying “private matters should be dealt with privately”.

Francois Hollande was speaking at his first news conference since the allegations in the magazine Closer last week.

The president said he would clarify whether Valerie Trierweiler was still first lady before a February trip to the US.

Francois Hollande has said he is experiencing a difficult moment in his private life following claims of an affair with Julie Gayet

Francois Hollande has said he is experiencing a difficult moment in his private life following claims of an affair with Julie Gayet

Facing hundreds of journalists at the presidential palace, Francois Hollande said it was “neither the time nor the place” for such questions.

He said he would not be drawn on the reports of the affairs with actress Julie Gayet “out of respect for those involved”.

Francois Hollande’s partner Valerie Trierweiler is in hospital suffering from “shock” over the revelations, her aides say.

Valerie Trierweiler was admitted on Friday and is expected to remain in hospital for a few days.

Francois Hollande news conference is a long-planned event aimed at unveiling policies to help France’s struggling economy.

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Francois Hollande’s official partner, Valerie Trierweiler, is to remain in hospital, where she has been since Closer magazine accused the French president of having an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Valerie Trierweiler had been expected to leave hospital on Monday, but her aides said doctors had told her she needed more rest.

France’s first lady went to hospital on Friday shortly after Closer magazine alleged Francois Hollande was having an affair with film actress Julie Gayet.

Francois Hollande did not deny the report but protested at invasion of his privacy.

The president and Valerie Trierweiler have been together since 2007.

A presidential news conference scheduled for Tuesday on plans to boost the flagging economy now looks likely to be overshadowed by Francois Hollande’s private life, correspondents say.

Valerie Trierweiler went to hospital shortly after Closer magazine alleged Francois Hollande was having an affair with Julie Gayet

Valerie Trierweiler went to hospital shortly after Closer magazine alleged Francois Hollande was having an affair with Julie Gayet

Opinion polls already suggest he is one of the most unpopular French presidents ever.

Aides of Valerie Trierweiler, who is Francois Hollande’s official partner and lives at the Elysee Palace, said she went to hospital on Friday for “rest and some tests”.

On Monday, an aide told Europe 1 broadcaster: “The doctors will determine when she can be dismissed from hospital. She needs to recover from the shock she has suffered.”

Le Parisien newspaper quoted one of Valerie Trierweiler’s friends as saying she is willing to forgive Francois Hollande, but wants to know about his intentions as soon as possible.

The French media face strict privacy laws, but the tradition of secrecy over the private lives of public figures has been steadily eroded in recent years.

On Friday, Closer magazine printed a seven-page article about the alleged affair between Hollande Hollande and Julie Gayet.

The article was illustrated with photos showing a man said to be the president visiting a flat near the Elysee Palace at the same time as Julie Gayet.

Francois Hollande, who has never married, left his previous partner – fellow Socialist politician Segolene Royal – to be with Valerie Trierweiler.

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Valerie Trierweiler, President Francois Hollande’s official partner and France’s first lady, has been admitted to hospital after media reports of an alleged affair involving the president.

Valerie Trierweiler’s office said she had been admitted on Friday “for rest and some tests”.

She was admitted a day after Closer magazine published images of Francois Hollande’s alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Francois Hollande has not denied secretly visiting actress Julie Gayet at a flat near the Elysee Palace but protested at the magazine’s invasion of his privacy.

Valerie Trierweiler is expected to leave hospital on Monday, her office told AFP news agency.

Valerie Trierweiler has been admitted to hospital after media reports of an alleged affair involving President Francois Hollande

Valerie Trierweiler has been admitted to hospital after media reports of an alleged affair involving President Francois Hollande

On Friday, Closer magazine printed a seven-page article about the alleged affair between Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet.

It was illustrated with photos showing a man said to be the president visiting a flat at the same time as Julie Gayet.

The man said to be the president is wearing a helmet and is ferried to and from the building on a moped.

Francois Hollande threatened to sue over the report, which he called an “attack on the right to privacy”, without denying the allegation.

A presidential news conference scheduled for Tuesday on plans to boost the flagging economy now looks like being overshadowed by Francois Hollande’s private life, correspondents say.

Opinion polls already suggest Francois Hollande is the most unpopular president in a generation – one on Thursday indicated that only 25% of French people trusted him.

The French media face strict privacy laws but the tradition of secrecy over the private lives of public figures has been steadily eroded in recent years. But polls suggest the French public appears be averse to reporting politicians’ private lives.

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President Francois Hollande is coming under pressure in France to clarify his personal situation, after Closer magazine reported on his alleged secret affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Francois Hollande is making a key policy announcement on Tuesday amid fears it may be overshadowed by the allegations.

One French paper said the report was “catastrophic” in every way for him.

Francois Hollande said the publication was an “attack on the right to privacy”. He said he might sue, but did not deny it.

A major press conference next week was intended to be a platform for Francois Hollande to launch his economic program for the year ahead – detailing a much-anticipated new tack in efforts to spur growth and create jobs.

Closer magazine reported on Francois Hollande’s alleged secret affair with actress Julie Gayet

Closer magazine reported on Francois Hollande’s alleged secret affair with actress Julie Gayet

Key questions include whether the president is indeed in a relationship with Julie Gayet, and if so what of his recognized partner Valerie Trierweiler, who lives with him at the Elysee palace. and who is scheduled to accompany him on an official visits to the US next month.

Closer magazine’s article, which describes Francois Hollande riding across Paris on the back of a scooter to see his alleged lover, could ruin the president’s year, French papers warned on Saturday.

“Having to explain, a few minutes before sketching out his vision for France, instead, what he has in mind for his relationship [with Valerie Trierweiler] promises to be a highly interesting performance,” the Sud-Ouest newspaper wrote.

L’Alsace newspaper described the allegations as “catastrophic in every possible way for Francois Hollande”.

Meanwhile, L’Est Republicain said in an editorial that Tuesday’s announcement was “expected to mark a political resurgence by confirming the social-democratic shift” the president hinted at in a New Year address, but that “all eyes will now be on the president’s reaction”.

Francois Hollande, who took office in May 2012, has seen public support slipping recently. One poll in November gave him just 15% support, the lowest for any president in the past 50 years.

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French President Francois Hollande hits out at Closer magazine’s claims that he is having an affair with 41-year-old actress Julie Gayet.

But who are the women in the president’s life?

Valerie Trierweiler

Valerie Trierweiler, 48, is Francois Hollande’s official partner.

She is a journalist who writes for Paris Match magazine and has presented discussion programs on French television.

Valerie Trierweiler moved in with Francois Hollande after his official separation from Segolene Royal in 2007, and was divorced from her own husband, with whom she has three children.

When Francois Hollande was elected president in 2012, Valerie Trierweiler moved into the Elysee palace with him and accompanies him on official trips. She incurred Francois Hollande’s wrath in June 2012 after taking to Twitter in to back an opponent of Segolene Royal in parliamentary elections.

Segolene Royal

Segolene Royal, 60, herself a prominent French politician, has four children, now adults, with Francois Hollande, 59.

Francois Hollande and Segolene Royal met at a university party and were once French politics’ power couple, both harboring ambitions to be president of France.

Although they never married, they were together for about three decades, officially splitting up shortly after the 2007 presidential election.

Segolene Royal was the Socialist candidate in that vote – the first woman in France to be nominated by a major party – but lost to Nicolas Sarkozy.

Francois Hollande has not denied a report that he is having a relationship with actress Julie Gayet

Francois Hollande has not denied a report that he is having a relationship with actress Julie Gayet

Julie Gayet

President Francois Hollande has hit out at what he describes as an invasion of privacy, but has not denied a report that he is having a relationship with actress Julie Gayet, a mother of two. Julie Gayet, 41, is fairly well known in France, if not internationally, and once appeared in one of Francois Hollande’s election campaign television adverts, describing him as “a humble man,” who “really listens”.

Rumors of Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet alleged relationship have been circulating on the internet for many months. Julie Gayet filed a complaint with prosecutors in Paris in March 2013 against various bloggers and websites that were reporting on the rumors.

She played a leading role in Quai d’Orsay, a 2013 satirical film centered on the French foreign ministry. Her filmography also includes the titles Shall We Kiss? and My Best Friend among dozens of others.

Julie Gayet is the daughter of a wealthy surgeon and married the Argentine-born film director and scriptwriter Santiago Amigorena in 2003.

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France’s President Francois Hollande is considering suing Closer magazine after it claimed he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Francois Hollande told AFP the report was an “attack on the right to privacy”.

The latest edition of the weekly tabloid Closer features seven pages of revelations and photos about Francois Hollande’s alleged affair with Julie Gayet.

Julie Gayet, 41, is an established television and cinema actress who has appeared in more than 50 films.

Rumors of their alleged relationship have been circulating on the internet for many months.

Last March, Julie Gayet filed a complaint with prosecutors in Paris against various bloggers and websites that were reporting on the rumors.

Julie Gayet’s lawyer at the time said there was no basis to the claims.

President Francois Hollande is considering suing Closer magazine after it claimed he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet

President Francois Hollande is considering suing Closer magazine after it claimed he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet

Francois Hollande, 59, told the AFP that he “like every other citizen has a right” to privacy.

In a statement issued personally rather than by his office, Francois Hollande said he was “looking into possible action, including legal action” against Closer magazine.

However, Francois Hollande does not deny the allegation of an affair.

Closer‘s print edition came out on Friday and shows pictures it claims support the rumors that the president routinely spends the night with Julie Gayet at a flat not far from the Elysee Palace.

The pictures show Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet arriving separately. Francois Hollande, wearing a helmet, is on a motorbike driven by a chauffeur.

The magazine claims Francois Hollande’s bodyguard arrives the following morning to deliver croissants.

Francois Hollande lives with his partner Valerie Trierweiler, a journalist for whom he left fellow Socialist politician Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children.

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