The celebrity magazine Closer which claims French President Francois Hollande has been having an affair with an actress has promised to remove the story from its website.
It follows a request from the lawyer of Julie Gayet, the actress in question.
In Paris, many seem non plussed.
‘‘I think he is like any other person. He has a right to privacy like anybody else. We also don’t know if it’s simply a rumour or if it’s the truth. I’m really not bothered,’‘ said one woman.
Another man said: ‘‘There are more important things to talk about right now than his private life, his mistresses. It’s a bit of a shame were not talking about real issues. This really doesn’t grab my attention at all.’‘
Hollande threatened legal action against the magazine after it published a special edition detailing his alleged liason, which he has not denied. The French leader says he deplores the attack on his privacy.