French president Hollande to propose to actress Gayet
François Hollande may be close to proposing to the actress Julie Gayet, according to senior Socialist Party officials who have reportedly asked the French president to clarify his status.
"We've been hearing for the past three months that he's going to formalise his relationship with Julie Gayet," an official said.
Party leaders are concerned that Mr Hollande's private life could overshadow the Socialists' 2017 election campaign.
"He has to clarify things and show that it isn't just a casual fling," one Socialist said.
Yves Azeroual, author of a book titled 'Passions of State', said: "Julie's tired of being the mistress who has to hide. What's more, in the eyes of the public, she looks like the one in the wrong. She's been putting him under pressure for several weeks." (© Daily Telegraph, London)