Written by Bella Dalima
10 Jan, 2014 | 4:09 pm
French President Francois Hollande says he is considering suing a magazine after it claimed he was having an affair with an actress.
Hollande described the report as an “attack on the right to privacy”.
The latest edition of the weekly tabloid Closer features seven pages of revelations and photos about his alleged affair with Julie Gayet.
Gayet, 41, is an established television and cinema actress who has appeared in more than 50 films.
She once appeared in one of Hollande’s election campaign television adverts.
Rumours of their alleged relationship have been circulating on the internet for many months.
Last March, she filed a complaint with prosecutors in Paris against various bloggers and websites that were reporting on the rumours.
Her lawyer at the time said there was no basis to the claims. She has not yet commented on the latest developments.
Hollande told the Agence France Presse news agency that he “like every other citizen has a right” to privacy.
In a statement issued personally rather than by his office, he said he was “looking into possible action, including legal action” against Closer.
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