Hollande: French first lady is recovering

2014-01-20 16:47
French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler (Mike Hutchings, AFP)

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler (Mike Hutchings, AFP)

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The Hague - France's President Francois Hollande says his first lady is recovering at a state residence at Versailles after being hospitalised over a report that he is having an affair with an actress.

The story has drawn widespread attention abroad, and overshadowed Monday's visit to the Netherlands, his first foreign trip since the report.

Hollande told reporters that Valerie Trierweiler is "doing better" but refused to respond to a question from The Associated Press on his personal life. Trierweiler was hospitalised with what aides called extreme shock after the report earlier this month.

Hollande has never married, and the reported affair with actress Julie Gayet has prompted questions about whether Trierweiler will stay in the state-financed office of first lady. Neither Hollande nor Gayet has denied the affair.
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