French first lady in hospital after reports of Hollande affair

Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:07pm EST
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By Geert De Clercq and Elizabeth Pineau

PARIS (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.

"She has been in hospital since Friday. She will leave tomorrow," her spokesman Patrice Biancone told Reuters.

Asked about the future of Trierweiler's relationship with the president, Biancone said: "She needs rest. Then she will decide what to do."

A source at the Elysee declined to comment on Trierweiler's hospitalization and the magazine report.

"The president is at work. He is preparing Tuesday's news conference," the source said.

On Tuesday, Hollande will face the media in a traditional new year news conference that had been scheduled well before the reports of the affair broke.

Hollande, who came to power in May 2012, is expected to announce new measures to boost the French economy, including lower charges for companies, cuts in public spending and a simplification of business regulation.   Continued...

Valerie Trierweiler, companion of French President Francois Hollande, attends a ceremony for recipents of the Family Medal award at the Elysee Palace in Paris November 30, 2013. REUTERS/Lionel Bonaventure/Pool