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Deposed First Lady Valerie Trierweiler. Photo: Reuters

Deposed First Lady Valerie Trierweiler. Photo: Reuters

Deposed First Lady Valerie Trierweiler. Photo: Reuters

IN her first public appearance since the French president split from her, Valerie Trierweiler bristled when asked about her future during a charity visit to India.

She did not address the scandal directly during a news conference with aid group Action Against Hunger.

But in response to a reporter's question about how she feels about her future life, Trierweiler (48) said she was not sure what the years will bring.

"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 acknowledged that her days as First Lady were over, but refused to talk about her accomplishments in the role.

"I don't know if it's for me to judge, or for you," she said. "I was there for 19 months. I was able to discover people whom I hadn't known.

"I understood that you can be useful, and in being useful to others you can be useful to yourself."

Earlier, Trierweiler, a career journalist who has three children from a previous marriage, spent the day cuddling children in a hospital in Mumbai.

ESCAPE

She arrived in Mumbai on Sunday evening on a long-planned trip that has provided her with an escape from the scandal.

She has been a subject of intense media interest after being hospitalised earlier this month with what aides described as shock and depression following a magazine's publication of photos it said proved President Francois Hollande was having an affair with an actress.

On Saturday, Hollande announced their seven-year relationship was over. On Monday, the link to Trierweiler's First Lady page on the presidential website was shut down.

The two were not married.

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