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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: 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. 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.

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