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France's President Francois Hollande's "love affair" with Julie Gayet is "back on track" according to 'VSD' magazine (REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool)

France's President Francois Hollande's "love affair" with Julie Gayet is "back on track" according to 'VSD' magazine (REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool)

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Actress Julie Gayet is back with her former lover President Hollande and the pair see each other "almost every day" (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

Actress Julie Gayet is back with her former lover President Hollande and the pair see each other "almost every day" (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

Valerie Trierweiler was dumped from the position of 'first girlfriend' (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

Valerie Trierweiler was dumped from the position of 'first girlfriend' (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

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France's President Francois Hollande's "love affair" with Julie Gayet is "back on track" according to 'VSD' magazine (REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool)

François Hollande is back in a relationship with actress Julie Gayet and the pair see each other "almost every day", according to 'VSD' magazine, which published pictures of Ms Gayet being driven into the presidential palace through the back gate.

Only last month, the magazine claimed that the "love affair" between France's embattled Socialist leader and the 42-year old was over - as she had grown "tired of his hesitations" and had "turned the page".

Yet in this week's edition, 'VSD' insisted that the relationship was very much back on track and that she sleeps "almost every night at the Elysee".

"There is no longer any possible doubt: François Hollande and Julie Gayet are still in love," it wrote.

However the magazine published pictures of Ms Gayet arriving and leaving the Elysee in a blue presidential Ford Galaxy with tinted windows on October 30, after returning to Paris from the Tokyo Film Festival.

'VSD' writes that after trying to shake off the paparazzi who tailed her from the airport by taking a taxi, she returned home only to leave a few hours later in a Ford.

"According to our sources, Julie Gayet spends almost every night at the Elysee," it claimed.

News of the renewed love affair emerged as Mr Hollande (60) sought to save his floundering presidency with a "do or die" 90-minute television appearance, which was widely panned by the French press yesterday.

The president's affair with Ms Gayet was first revealed in January, when 'Closer' magazine published sensational pictures of Mr Hollande arriving on the back of a moped for secret trysts a stone's throw from the Elysee, using a crash helmet as camouflage.

Not long afterwards, he unceremoniously dumped his official "first girlfriend", Valerie Trierweiler, who promptly checked herself into a clinic suffering from nervous exhaustion after taking sleeping pills.

When questioned in connection with the revelations over his secret affair with Ms Gayet and damaging claims that he is a compulsive liar and a cheat by Miss Trierweiler, Mr Hollande said: "If I made mistakes, I recognise them. There are pains, and I forgive them."

The equivocal reply failed to mention the 'VSD' revelations, which had just hit the internet. Asked whether his private behaviour had debased the symbol of French president, he said: "I think the responsibility is collective. I don't want to shirk my responsibilities but there comes a time when one must respect private life." (© Daily Telegraph London)

Irish Independent