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French First Lady to remain in hospital after Hollande affair claim

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-13

Valérie Trierweiler, French President François Hollande’s partner, will remain in hospital for several more days to recover from the shock of a report that Hollande was having an affair with a famous actress, a top aide said on Monday.

Valerie Trierweiler's chief of staff, Patrice Biancone, said France’s First Lady would need to rest for another six or eight more days. She was initially expected to leave the hospital Monday.

The 48-year-old journalist, who lives with Hollande, was admitted to a hospital in Paris for “rest and a few tests” on Friday – the same day a gossip magazine published photographs which appeared to show Hollande and his alleged mistress arriving separately at a flat near the presidential Elysée Palace for secret trysts.

Hollande, who reportedly traveled to the flat on a chauffeur-driven scooter, has slammed the tabloid’s report* as an outrageous attack on the right to privacy, though he stopped short of specifically denying the affair.

On Friday a source close to the president said, "Hollande strongly deplores the invasion of his privacy, to which he has a right as any other citizen does. He is studying what action, including legal action, to take following this publication."

Rumours that Hollande was having an affair with the actress have been circulating on the Internet for months.

The actress is well known in her native France and has appeared in numerous films, including, most recently, "Quai d'Orsay", a popular comedy in which she plays a vampish diplomatic adviser in the foreign ministry.

* FRANCE 24 has decided not to publish either the name of the actress or the name of the publication that reported the affair allegations out of respect for the privacy of those involved.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS , AP and AFP)

Date created : 2014-01-13

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