January 13th, 2014
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| | Affair allegations against French president
This is probably the last thing Hollande needs considering his popularity being low as it is. The news was broken by a celebrity magazine which provided pictures showing Hollande coming and going from the apartment of an actress, Julie Gayet. While not married, Hollande is in a long-term relationship with journalist Valerie Trierweiler, a journalist for another celebrity magazine. Hollande was also in a similar relationship with fellow party member Ségolène Royal with whom he had four children with before breaking up with her. Trierweiler has occupied the role of first lady for France in any event, and the news affected her enough to be hospitalized.
I did find it interesting though that if this happened in the US, there'd be a noticeable hit on figures, but it doesn't seem to've done much for Hollande (though it's already pretty low to begin with). To the contrary, polling seems to back his position that the magazine invaded his privacy. UPDATE 4-French first lady in hospital after reports of Hollande affair | Reuters
PARIS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - French first lady Valerie Trierweiler has been admitted to hospital following reports of an affair between President Francois Hollande and an actress, but will be discharged on Monday, sources said on Sunday. |
Daily newspaper Le Parisien said on its website earlier that Trierweiler, 48, had been taken to hospital after being shaken by a celebrity magazine's reports of a liaison between her partner Hollande and French actress Julie Gayet.
At home, the reports of Hollande's affair have had little effect on his image and French media at the weekend mainly focused on Closer's unprecedented breach of presidential privacy rather than on the alleged relationship with Gayet.
A poll by Ifop showed that 84 percent of the public had not changed their opinion about Hollande following news of the affair and that 77 percent considered it "a private affair that only concerns Francois Hollande".
"At the moment, the revelations about his liaison with Julie Gayet have no effect on public opinion. In fact, he is already so unpopular that there is no change," said Ifop analyst Frederic Dabi.
Last edited by Commissar MercZ; January 13th, 2014 at 01:39 PM.