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French President Hollande Officially Breaks Up With First Lady

French President Hollande and actress Gayet
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French President Francois Hollande officially separated from partner Valerie Trierweiler following media reports of his affair with actress Julie Gayet and subsequent political fallout, the world leader announced Sunday

French President Francois Hollande confirmed his separation Saturday from his partner Valerie Trierweiler, following a French gossip magazine’s reports of the president’s affair with actress Julie Gayet.

“I am making it known that I have put an end to my shared life with Valerie Trierweiler,” Hollande told Agence France-Presse.

Hollande’s office had earlier denied the claims of his separation from Trierweiler, the BBC reports. However, he never denied his affair with Gayet, which was publicized after the French gossip magazine Closer published photos of Hollande arriving at her apartment for nocturnal trysts.

[BBC]

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