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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-15

In the wake of allegations that French President François Hollande is having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, France’s culture minister has removed Gayet’s name from consideration for the prestigious Villa Medici jury.

The jury selects fifteen artists to live and work for up to 18 months in the 16th century Roman villa, which houses the French Academy of Rome.

Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti’s office told Agence France-Presse that Gayet’s name had been “suggested” by Eric de Chassey, the director of the Academy, but that the minister had decided against her nomination.

Writer Emmanuèle Bernheim, who won the Prix Médicis in 1993, was reportedly called first thing on Wednesday morning in a bid to "replace" Gayet.

A seven-page spread published on January 10 in Closer magazine featured photos of the president reportedly making a nocturnal visit to Gayet, a well known actress most recently seen in Bertrand Tavernier’s film “Quai d’Orsay”.

Media frenzy surrounding the allegations reached a fever pitch over the weekend, after Hollande’s partner, journalist Valérie Trierweiler, was admitted to a Paris hospital for “rest and a few tests”.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Hollande told reporters that “private affairs are dealt with in private”, but said that he would clarify whether or not Trierweiler would remain France’s first lady before a visit to the US on February 11.

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Date created : 2014-01-15

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