Saturday 24 February 2018

Trierweiler remains in hospital

French first lady Valerie Trierweiler
French first lady Valerie Trierweiler
Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler in happier times (AP)

John Lichfield

French president Francois Hollande's partner is to stay in hospital for several more days, recovering from the shock of discovering his secret affair with an actress.

Valerie Trierweiler's chief of staff, Patrice Biancone, said she could be be in for another six or eight more days.

He said she suffered a "very strong emotional shock" after the affair was detailed in a French newspaper and needs rest.

The scandal is overshadowing a major public appearance by Mr Hollande expected on Tuesday. Pollsters say it is likely to further damage his record-low popularity ratings.

Mr Hollande has never married. He and Ms Trierweiler have lived together since 2007 and she occupies the so-called "madame wing" of the presidential palace.

Press Association

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