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France's Hollande considers legal action over affair allegations


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France's Hollande considers legal action over affair allegations

Francois Hollande has threatened to take legal action against a French magazine which claims he is having an affair with an actress.

A source in the French president’s office says he feels his privacy has been breached and he’s studying what action to take.

Closer, the weekly tabloid magazine in question, claims Hollande regularly rides pillion on a scooter driven by his bodyguard to visit a Paris apartment block to see actress Julie Gayet. It has printed extensive details of their alleged comings and goings.

There has been no comment from Gayet’s lawyers. She filed a complaint for breach of privacy last March after rumours of an affair became public.

Hollande, who came to power in 2012, is in a long-time relationship with ex-journalist Valerie Trierweiler, who has assumed the functions of France’s first lady.

Polls suggest he is the most unpopular president in France’s modern history largely because of his failure to turn around the weak economy.

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