Francois Hollande announces split from partner Valerie

French President Francois Hollande has announced his split with his partner Valerie Trierweiler to the news agency AFP. It follows claims he had an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

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Hollande's ex makes first public appearance since split

France's former "first lady" Valerie Trierweiler has made her first public appearance since she and President Francois Hollande split.

When asked about her future during a charity visit to India today, Ms Trierweiler said, "Don't worry about me."

Valerie Trierweiler, French President Francois Hollande's former partner, speaks to the media in India.
Valerie Trierweiler, French President Francois Hollande's former partner, speaks to the media in India. Credit: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Although she did not address the scandal directly during an Action Against Hunger news conference, Mr Hollande's former partner said she was not sure what the future holds when asked by a reporter.

Valerie Trierweiler.
Valerie Trierweiler was in India with the charity Action Against Hunger . Credit: REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

"I don't know," she said. "I have time, there are some years to come. I will see bit by bit. For now I am not foreseeing anything. In any case, don't worry about me."

She refused to talk about her accomplishments in the role of "first lady", saying, "I don't know if it's for me to judge, or for you".

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Hollande: Partner 'doing better' after hospital stay

French President Francois Hollande has said his "first lady" is recovering at a state residence at Versailles after being admitted to hospital following claims he has been having an affair.

Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler pictured on January 8.
Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler pictured on January 8. Credit: Pool/ABACA/Press Association Images

The story is overshadowing Mr Hollande's visit to The Netherlands, his first foreign trip since French celebrity magazine Closer made the allegations.

He told reporters that Valerie Trierweiler is "doing better", but refused to respond to another question on his personal life.

Hollande's ratings unchanged after alleged affair

French President Francois Hollande's approval rating remained unchanged after reports of his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet.

With only 22 percent of French voters satisfied with his presidency, Mr Hollande's approval rates remain far below those of his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

Francois Hollande has been in the spotlight over his private life. Credit: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The Socialist leader's ratings hit a post-WWII record low of 15 percent in one November poll.

Mr Hollande's private life has been discussed around the world after French celebrity magazine Closer published pictures of what it said was the president wearing a motorcycle helmet visiting Gayet.

On Saturday, France's First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has reportedly left hospital a week after she was admitted amid reports of the affair.

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France's First Lady Valerie Trierweiler 'leaves hospital'

The partner of Francois Hollande has reportedly left hospital a week after she was admitted amid reports of an affair between the French president and actress Julie Gayet.

Valerie Trierweiler has reportedly left hospital. Credit: Bernard Patrick/ABACA

Valerie Trierweiler was admitted to hospital after reportedly suffering from shock and has now apparently returned to a presidential residency in Versailles.

French magazine Closer alleged that Hollande has been having an affair with Gayet since the 2012 presidential campaign.

Read: Actress 'to sue Closer' over Hollande affair claims

Francois Hollande visits First Lady in hospital

President Hollande has reportedly been having an affair with an actress Credit: Reuters

French President Francois Hollande has visited First Lady Valerie Trierweiler in hospital for the first time since she was admitted, amid reports of an alleged affair last week.

An official at the presidential palace said Mr Hollande visited the 48-year-old journalist yesterday.

Ms Trierweiler's condition is said to be improving after she was admitted to an unspecified hospital for rest a week ago.

The president's office said she experienced a "crisis of nerves" on learning of a report in French magazine Closer that Mr Hollande has been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Read: Actress 'to sue Closer' over Hollande affair claims

Actress 'sues Closer for €50,000' over affair claims

The Daily Telegraph's Paris correspondent has tweeted that Julie Gayet has sued Closer magazine for €50,000 after it alleged that she has been having an affair with French President Francois Hollande.

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Julie #Gayet sues Closer for €50,000 for violating private life, and wants half-page banner in mag. Not much to ask for 600K copies sold!

Actress 'to sue Closer' over Hollande affair claims

Actress Julie Gayet is set to launch legal proceedings against French magazine Closer after it alleged she has been having an affair with President Francois Hollande, broadcaster RTL reported.

Ms Gayet, 41, will reportedly sues for breach of privacy after Closer published seven pages of photographs taken outside a Paris apartment building which it claimed supported its story.

Actress Julie Gayet is reportedly set to launch legal proceedings against French magazine Closer.
Actress Julie Gayet is reportedly set to launch legal proceedings against French magazine Closer. Credit: Hahn-Marechal-Nebinger/ABACA/Press Association Images

Yesterday Mr Hollande told journalists his "indignation was total" regarding the report, but that he would not be taking legal action.

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