François Hollande with his partner Valérie Trierweiler.
PARIS: Valérie Trierweiler, the partner of the French President François Hollande, has been taken to hospital with “exhaustion” following claims that he has been having an affair, it has emerged.
After hearing of Hollande’s alleged trysts with Julie Gayet, Trierweiler, a journalist, was taken to hospital where doctors prescribed rest. Trierweiler’s office told L’Express magazine she had been taken to hospital on Friday afternoon and was due to be released today.
The news came as Hollande’s former partner and the mother of his children, Ségolène Royal, told a French news channel yesterday that France should “turn the page” on their president’s alleged affair with Gayet.
Her sentiment was echoed by a poll, published in the Journal du Dimanche, which found 77 percent of French respondents believed the affair was a personal matter, while 84 percent said their opinion of Hollande was unchanged by the revelations.
The survey is the first to have been conducted after the celebrity magazine Closer alleged the president had been meeting Gayet in a borrowed flat near the Elysée palace. The magazine showed photographs of a man in a black helmet, alleged to be Hollande, being accompanied to and from the apartment by a bodyguard on a scooter on December 30 and 31. Rumours of an affair had circulated among French journalists for months.
Hollande, 59, who is accompanied on official engagements by Trierweiler, reacted to the magazine’s claims in a personal capacity with a threat to sue Closer on the grounds that it had invaded his privacy. The article was removed from Closer’s website following what the magazine described as a “very clear” legal injunction from Gayet’s lawyers. Hollande has not denied the affair.
Royal, his former partner of 23 years and the mother of his four children, dodged questions regarding the invasion of Hollande’s privacy in a news programme on France2 television. “I don’t want to feed the saga with a little sentence which is very, very far from French people’s concerns,” she said.