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Actress Gayet sues magazine over reported affair with Hollande

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-17

French actress Julie Gayet (pictured) has filed a legal complaint against Closer magazine over its report on her alleged affair with French President François Hollande.

French actress Julie Gayet has initiated a civil law suit for violation of privacy against Closer magazine over its report that she is having an affair with President François Hollande, the magazine said on Thursday.

Gayet, 41, is seeking 50,000 euros in damages and 4,000 euros in legal costs from the magazine over last week's report, which she claims breached France's privacy legislation. If she wins, Closer will have to publish the legal verdict on its cover page.

The magazine based its report on unauthorised photos taken outside a Paris building where Gayet's friends own an apartment.

When pressed about his prior threat to take legal action against Closer at a Tuesday press conference, Hollande replied that he had decided not to sue the magazine for invading his privacy because as head of state he was immune from being sued himself and did not want to create a double standard. He never, however, denied the reported affair.

Closer has announced that it will publish "new photos and exclusive information" on the affair in its Friday issue.

The president's live-in partner, Valerie Trierweiler, remained hospitalised on Thursday, six days after she was admitted to a Paris clinic for what Europe 1 radio called "nervous exhaustion."

Date created : 2014-01-16

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