France's former First Lady Valérie Trierweiler has arrived in Mumbai as part of a planned trip to promote the work of a French charity in India, a day after French President François Hollande formally announced their separation.
Trierweiler arrived in the financial hub Mumbai late Sunday for the visit to promote the work of French charity Action Against Hunger (ACF).
The trip is Trierweiler's first public appearance since it emerged earlier this month that Hollande was having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet.
ACF had invited Trierweiler to India in her “official capacity” as French First Lady before the scandal broke.
But news of Hollande’s affair led to confusion over the status of his relationship with Trierweiler, his partner since 2006, and whether she would continue to assume the role of First Lady.
On Saturday, however, the president ended the speculation, confirming in an interview with AFP that he and Trierweiler had separated.
Trierweiler was hospitalised for “exhaustion” after news broke of Hollande's involvement with Gayet, and she has since been holed up in a presidential retreat outside Paris.
Her trip to India, which is being financed by private businesses, will see her visit a Mumbai hospital where ACF has a feeding project for malnourished children and witness a training programme for medical staff.
She is also due to lunch with the wives of top local businessmen and then attend a charity gala dinner at the city's luxury Taj Mahal hotel.
The dinner has been organised to promote ACF's local charity partner Fight Hunger Foundation, with a list of sponsors including Moët & Chandon and Trierweiler as guest of honour.
A press conference is also planned for Monday afternoon, but Trierweiler herself may not address the media, ACF has said.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Date created : 2014-01-26