French President Francois Hollande has split from partner Valerie Trierweiler, after revelations this month of his affair with an actress.
Hollande issued a statement through Agence France-Presse today saying that his “shared life” with Trierweiler, a journalist, had ended. The statement was confirmed by the Elysee presidential palace, which said there would be no more comment on the matter.
Celebrity magazine Closer ran a photo spread in its Jan. 10 edition purportedly showing Hollande, 59, as he arrived on a scooter at an apartment around the corner from his office for a liaison with actress Julie Gayet, 41.
Hollande’s official companion, 48-year-old Trierweiler, was hospitalized for eight days after the report. The president has since said that his relationship with her was having difficulty, and that he’d clear up whether she was still France’s first lady before a Feb. 11 state visit to the U.S.
Trierweiler won’t be attending the U.S. visit, according to Le Journal du Dimanche and Le Parisien. She will visit India this week to participate in an event organized by the charity Action Contre La Faim, in a personal and not in an official capacity.
Le Parisien reported that Trierweiler had moved back into the Paris apartment the couple shared before Hollande won the presidency in 2012.
The French president’s approval rating has gained since news of the affair broke, rising to 31 percent from 27 percent at the start of the month, according to a BVA poll for France Inter radio and L’Express magazine published this week. A Jan. 15 Ifop poll showed that 77 percent of respondents believed Hollande’s affair was a private matter.
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