President Barack Obama and Beyonce at the Inauguration on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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By Eliana Dockterman
February 10, 2014

Ring the alarm! A French paparazzo is spreading the rumor that Barack Obama is having an affair with — wait for it — Beyoncé. Yes, that Beyoncé.

The photographer Pascal Rostain believes that the news of the high-profile affair will run in the Washington Post tomorrow. His comments were published by Le Figaro, a reputable French newspaper:

The Washington Post clarified to Poynter that they will be publishing no such report. Obviously.

So where did this rumor originate? Another quote from Rostain gives us a bit of insight:

Right, sure, okay.

It’s worth noting that this rumor emerges the same week the French President Francois Hollande visits the White House; Hollande has spent the last several weeks embroiled in his own media frenzy surrounding his high-profile affair with French actress Julie Gayet.

Ever since that funeral selfie with Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the world really seems to want to see discord between the Obamas — but unfortunately for the international paparazzi, my guess is that there will be some great show of cuteness in the West Wing for Valentine’s Day this week. I mean, just look at their Instagram:

As for Beyoncé and Jay-Z? I don’t think their flame is going out anytime soon.

Sorry, Hollande. You’re on your own.

Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.

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