French president's girlfriend hospitalised after affair report

By Drum Digital
12 January 2014

Valerie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President Francois Hollande, was hospitalised after he was reported to be having an affair with an actress, officials told AFP on Sunday.

Aides to the "first girlfriend" said she had been admitted on Friday "for a rest and to undergo some tests," and was expected to leave hospital on Monday.

Closer magazine reported in its edition published on Friday that Hollande, 59, has been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, 41.

The weekly glossy printed photos which it claimed showed Gayet and Hollande arriving separately at a flat near the presidential Elysee Palace for secret trysts.

Hollande was reportedly delivered to the flat on a chauffeur-driven scooter and had freshly-baked croissants delivered to the love nest in the mornings by his personal bodyguards.

The Socialist leader has slammed Closer's report as an outrageous attack on his right to a private life and said he is considering legal action.

But he has not denied the substance of the magazine's claims about a passionate affair which pushed him and Gayet to take "insane risks."

Trierweiler, 48, is a glamorous, twice-divorced career journalist who has three children of her own and has been Hollande's partner for the best part of a decade.

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