Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: Lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy's political comeback: did he ever leave?

Read more

DEBATE

The World This Week

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Travel chaos: Air France pilots take industrial action

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Christian Kastrop, Director of Policy Studies, OECD

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: UN Security Council unanimously passes resolution

Read more

ENCORE!

Author Kiran Desai on early success and the Booker Prize

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Tyler Brûlé, Founder and Editor-in-chief of Monocle

Read more

REPORTERS

From Sarajevo to Guantanamo, the journey of the Algerian Six

Read more

France

Hollande confirms separation from partner Trierweiler

© afp

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-26

French President François Hollande has confirmed his separation from Valérie Trierweiler, his partner since 2006, in an exclusive interview with AFP.

The move follows media reports that Hollande was having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet.

"I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with Valérie Trierweiler," Hollande said, adding that he was speaking as a private individual and not as the president of the French Republic.

Several French media outlets reported Saturday morning that Hollande would announce that the couple were separating later in the day. But the BBC said the reports were denied by the president's Elysée Palace office, which referred to "false rumours" circulating in the French media.

Trierweiler, 48, will travel to India on Sunday for a charity trip. 

The high-profile pair have been together since 2006. Two weeks ago, celebrity magazine Closer published a report that Hollande was having an affair with French actress Gayet. It ran pictures of a nocturnal visitor arriving via scooter at Gayet's apartment. It identified the nighttime caller, whose face was obscured by his motorcycle helmet, as the French president.

Trierweiler was hospitalised for "exhaustion" after the news broke. When she was discharged on January 18 she moved into La Lanterne, an official presidential residence next to the Versailles Palace.

Trierweiler tweets of 'departure'

The Journal de Dimanche reported that Hollande and Trierweiler had thrashed out the terms of their separation over lunch on Thursday. Trierweiler is reportedly moving back into her flat in the 15th arrondissement (district) of Paris.

In a tweet late on Saturday, Trierweiler appeared to confirm her departure from the palace.

"All my gratitude" goes out to the "extraordinary staff at the Élysée [Palace]", she wrote, adding: "I will never forget your dedication nor your emotion at the moment of my departure."

Hollande has four children from a previous relationship with Ségolène Royal, a senior member of his Socialist Party and a 2007 presidential candidate.

Trierweiler, an arts columnist for weekly magazine Paris Match, is not married to Hollande but assumed the role of first lady at official functions following his election in May 2012.

Hollande has known Gayet since at least 2012, when she featured in a campaign clip in which she described him as a "humble" and "fantastic" man.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

 

Date created : 2014-01-25

  • FRANCE

    Hollande gets popularity boost after affair revelations

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Helmet Hollande wore for Gayet tryst flies off shelves

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Rumour of Trierweiler’s €3 million Elysée rampage denied

    Read more

COMMENT(S)