Written by Staff Writer
13 Jan, 2014 | 11:05 am
French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has been admitted to hospital after media reports of an alleged affair involving President Francois Hollande.
She entered hospital on Friday “for rest and some tests”, her office said, after Closer magazine published images linking him to actress Julie Gayet.
President Hollande did not deny the report but protested at invasion of his privacy.
Conservative Opposition Leader Jean-Francois Cope has suggested the drama has damaged France’s image abroad.
Ms Trierweiler is expected to leave hospital on Monday, her office told AFP news agency.
A presidential news conference scheduled for Tuesday on plans to boost the flagging economy now looks like being overshadowed by Hollande’s private life, correspondents say.
Opinion polls already suggest he 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.
However, opinion polls suggest the French public appears to be averse to reporting politicians’ private lives.
According to an Ifop-JDD poll published on Sunday, three out of four French people believe the alleged affair is a private matter for the president.
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