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 Valerie Trierweiler. Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Valerie Trierweiler. Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Valerie Trierweiler. Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler remained in the hospital where she was admitted two days ago after a magazine said President Francois Hollande was allegedly having an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Trierweiler was admitted to the hospital on Friday for "rest and for some tests" and was due to be released today, Le Parisien reported.

In a seven-page photo expose, French weekly Closer reported on Friday that Hollande (59) had a liaison with the 41-year-old French actress. Hollande said in a statement he "deeply deplored" the magazine's intrusion into his private life.

 

SHRUGGING

Although polls showed that most French people are shrugging off the president's alleged affair, the Closer expose showed how private lives of the country's politicians have become increasingly public in recent years.

In contrast with Hollande, Francois Mitterrand was able to keep both his battle with cancer and the existence of a daughter he had with a mistress out of the press during his 14-year presidency that ended in 1995.

Former president Jacques Chirac's nocturnal adventures, although widely known, were rarely reported.

The French have traditionally taken such "affairs of the heart" in their stride. In a poll, most French people said Hollande's alleged affair is a private matter.

In the poll conducted on January 10 and 11, 77pc said they were unconcerned by the alleged liaison.

Still, Hollande is set to be questioned about the affair when he holds his twice-yearly press conferences tomorrow.

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