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Saturday 19 April 2014

French president Hollande splits from first lady Valérie Trierweiler

French President Francois Hollande and companion Valerie Trierweiler (L) visit the September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero, site of the Twin Towers that were destroyed on September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center in New York  in this September 25, 2012 file photograph. Hollande announced his separation from first lady Trierweiler on January 25, 2014 following a media storm over allegations he is having an affair with an actress. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
French President Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler

French president Francois Hollande has ended his relationship with his companion of seven years, Valerie Trierweiler, according to a French news agency.

Mr Hollande said in a telephone conversation with Agence France Presse on Saturday evening that "I make it known that I have put an end" to the relationship with Ms Trierweiler, who was the country's first lady.

The announcement comes two weeks after a tabloid report that Mr Hollande was having an affair with a French actress.

A presidential aide who requested anonymity to discuss private matters confirmed that the president had called AFP to announce the relationship's end.

Mr Hollande told the news agency that he was speaking in a personal capacity and not as head of state.

Mr Hollande has four children with former presidential candidate Segolene Royal. He and Ms Trierweiler have lived together since 2007, and while they are unmarried Ms Trierweiler occupied the so-called "madame wing" of the presidential palace, travelled abroad with Mr Hollande and functioned as the first lady.

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