French president mulls legal action over claim of affair with actress

French president mulls legal action over claim of affair with actress

French president mulls legal action over claim of affair with actress

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Jan, 2014 | 3:29 pm

French President Francois Hollande is considering legal action against the French version of Closer magazine after the publication alleged he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, French news agency Agence France-Presse reported Friday.

A member of the President’s entourage said in a statement to AFP that “Hollande deeply condemns the attacks on the right to privacy which he has a right to like every other citizen. He is looking into possible action, including legal action against this publication (Closer).”

CNN has reached out to Hollande and Gayet for comment, but there has been no response.

But the magazine’s director, Stefan Haitaian, did tell CNN that the magazine is in the process of taking the story down from its website at the request of Gayet’s lawyer. According to AFP, Gayet, who appeared in one of Hollande’s 2012 election commercials, filed a complaint in March over rumors of the affair, which she said were a breach of privacy.

Hollande, 59, lives with 48-year-old French journalist and mother-of-three Valerie Trierweiler.

The President has four children of his own from his previous long-term relationship with prominent French Socialist politician Segolene Royal.

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