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Hollande’s partner hospitalized after alleged affair with actress disclosed

Bloomberg

French first lady Valerie Trierweiler remained in the hospital where she was admitted two days ago after a magazine said French President Francois Hollande was allegedly having an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Trierweiler was admitted to the hospital on Friday for “rest and for some tests,” Le Parisien reported yesterday.

Her office declined to say when she may be discharged.

In a seven-page photographic expose, French weekly Closer reported on Friday that Hollande, 59, had a liaison with the 41-year-old French actress.

Hollande said in a statement that he “deeply deplored” the magazine’s intrusion into his private life.

Polls showed that most French people are shrugging off the president’s alleged affair. In contrast with the US, where former US president Bill Clinton was impeached by the US House of Representatives for misleading investigators about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, more than three-quarters of the French consider Hollande’s dalliance a “private matter.”

Hollande is not married, but he has been in a long-term relationship with Trierweiler, 48. Before that, he was with former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal, with whom he has four children.

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