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January 11, 2014

French president angry over report on love life

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In 2003, Gayet married a filmmaker Santiago Amigorena, but they are no longer together.

Closer published images it says show one of Hollande’s bodyguards at the door to Gayet’s building, and a motorcyclist arriving to drop off a helmeted man on the night of Dec. 30 and escorting him away the next morning. Closer magazine told The Associated Press it has refused requests to withdraw the story.

“He’s a normal president, a normal person. He’s a president who fell in love... We’ve really got to get less dramatic over these pictures,” magazine editor Laurence Pieau told Europe-1 radio.

The magazine, known for suggestive photos and gossip, says the alleged affair raises questions about the president’s security, if he is sneaking out with a single bodyguard and traveling exposed on the back of a motorcycle.

Last year, according to French media reports, Gayet filed a lawsuit accusing some websites of invasion of privacy over reports on the alleged affair. Her lawyer issued a statement to Agence France-Presse at the time saying that she was targeting “a rumor spread on the Internet that attributes to her, without any basis, a romantic relationship with the president.”

The magazine says it conducted an investigation and claims that “there is, between Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet ... a true passion that has turned their hearts upside down, rocked their lives and made them take foolish risks.”

It says the apartment is in the same Paris district as the president’s palace, and is Gayet’s but registered in the name of actor friends. It says the pair has been meeting there secretly since June.

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