French President Hollande considers legal action over reports of affair

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Photo: Georges Biard

French President Francois Hollande has issued a statement saying he is considering legal action against Closer magazine over allegations of a relationship with French actress Julie Gayet.

On Friday, Closer published a special seven-page edition with photos of the alleged relationship with the actress including a front-page spread with the title ‘Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet – the president’s secret love”

Hollande denounced the allegations as “an attack on the right to privacy. He told the French news agency AFP he had a right to privacy like every other citizen.

Rumours of an alleged relationship between Hollande and Gayet have been circulating on the internet for months. Officially the president is in a relationship with the journalist Valerie Trierweiler after having lived for many years with the former presidential candidate and mother of his four children Ségolène Royale.

Julie Gayet, aged-41, is currently appearing in the film Les Ames de Papier.  Last March, she filed a complaint with prosecutors in Paris against various media outlets that were reporting on the rumours. Her lawyer at the time said there was no basis to the claims.

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