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France: actress Julie Gayet wins damages over Hollande affair claims

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A French court has ordered a gossip magazine to pay actress Julie Gayet 15,000 euros in damages over an article in which it claimed she had been having an affair with President Francois Hollande.

Closer published a 7-page photo spread in January showing the pair’s separate comings and goings outside a Parisian apartment.

Neither party has denied the affair, but Gayet filed a lawsuit alleging breach of privacy. Hollande chose not to 
sue.

Gayet’s lawyer Jean Ennochi, who had been asking for a larger sum of 50,000 euros, said his client’s life had 
been “turned upside down“ by the publication.

The disclosure by the magazine was followed by 
Hollande’s breakup with his partner of eight years, 
Valerie Trierweiler.

The scandal was an unwelcome distraction for Hollandewhose popularity ratings are at record lows, as he tries 
to stem rising unemployment and spur growth in France.