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La France C'est Moi
Hollande Asserts Right to Private Affair

There’ll always be a France. President Francois Hollande, who long ago dumped his wife and the mother of his four children Segolene Royal, now lives in the Elysée Palace with partner Valerie Trierweiler. But rumors are swirling in Paris, at last making it into the news, that he’s also having an affair with actress Julie Gayet. The BBC reports on Hollande’s spat with a tabloid that covered the affair:

Mr Hollande told the Agence France-Presse news agency that he “like every other citizen has a right” to privacy.

In a statement issued personally rather than by his office, he said he was “looking into possible action, including legal action” against Closer.

But he does not deny the allegation of an affair, the BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris points out.

We can picture it now: Hollande leaving the Elysée late at night in a chauffeur-driven motorcycle to spend the night with actress Julie Gayet, the presidential bodyguard coming round in the morning with croissants. Louis XIV would have approved.
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  • bigfire

    This is France. French politician is expected to have some action on the side. Otherwise he wouldn’t be a man worthy of the office.

    • Corlyss

      Gee. That explains a lot . . .

    • Andrew Allison

      As the French have discovered, Hollande isn’t worthy of the office.

  • Fat_Man

    And there we thought he was totally worthless.

    • Andrew Allison

      He is! Disguising himself to visit his paramour indeed.
      Not merely a serial cheater, but a coward to boot.

  • Bruce

    The French politicians do well with good looking actresses. Sarkozy’s wife is spectacular. Julie appears younger and fitter than Valerie, but hey, a guy that’s ruining a country deserves the best.

  • Corlyss

    Interesting article on France in the Economist year-end edition. It points to France as the most depressed country in its survey of many nations. Apparent melancholy is the state mental condition, and being French, they have made it a badge of honor.

  • Andrew Allison

    Time to break out the instruments of Intern Torture again. Despite living with her for over 30 years and having four children by her, Hollande never married Ségolène Royal. Her replacement, Valerie Trierweiler, should hardly be surprised at the current turn of events.

  • free_agent

    You write, “leaving the Elysée late at night in a chauffeur-driven motorcycle”.

    I expect you mean “motorcade”, but the image of a “chauffer-driven motorcyle” is beguiling. The French have always had a sense of style…

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