Hollande and Julie Gayet ‘affair going for two years’

Hollande and Julie Gayet ‘affair going for two years’

Hollande and Julie Gayet ‘affair going for two years’

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

17 Jan, 2014 | 2:49 pm

The French gossip magazine Closer has published claims President Francois Hollande has been having a secret romance with actress Julie Gayet for two years.

The magazine also printed more details of alleged affair. Ms Gayet has announced she is suing Closer for breach of privacy.

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

In its latest revelations, Closer said the French president 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 Mr Hollande made excuses to avoid a holiday in Greece last year with Ms Trierweiler, so he could travel instead to his Correze constituency with Ms Gayet.

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

The magazine did not publish any further photos despite earlier reports that it would. Ms Gayet is seeking 50,000 euros (£41,000; $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. Mr Hollande decided not to take legal action after first threatening to.

The photos have plunged the presidency into crisis. Ms Trierweiler – seemingly still keen to defend Mr Hollande’s character – is said to have defended him after reports he had not visited her in hospital.

She phoned a journalist on Thursday to explain it was her doctors who had asked Mr Hollande not to attend, says the BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris.

She said she is still too weak to stand – and that the president has sent flowers and chocolates in his absence, correspondent adds.

SOURCE: BBC

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