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Actress Gayet Sues Closer Magazine Over Hollande Affair Report

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Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Julie Gayet, the actress reported by Closer magazine to be having an affair with French President Francois Hollande, has sued the weekly for breach of privacy.

Gayet is demanding 50,000 euros ($67,900) in damages, Sylvie Guyomarch, a spokeswoman for the magazine’s publisher, said.

The lawsuit came as Europe1 radio reported today that Valerie Trierweiler, Hollande’s companion and France’s First Lady, will remain hospitalized “for a few more days.” Trierweiler, a journalist, was admitted to a Paris hospital Jan. 10 after Closer ran a photo spread on the liaison between Hollande and Gayet, 41. The photos purportedly show Hollande wearing a helmet as he arrives on a scooter at an apartment around the corner from his office to meet Gayet.

Hollande, 59, said at a press conference Jan. 14 that his relationship with Trierweiler, 48, was “going through difficult moments” and asked that he be left to deal with the matter in private. He said he’d clear up her status before a planned Feb. 11 state visit to Washington. Hollande would only say, during his conference, that Trierweiler is “resting.”

The magazine “Closer” is set to release more “exclusive news and photos” in tomorrow’s edition, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the weekly gossip magazine. The magazine declined to comment.

Hollande isn’t married, although he has been in a long-term relationship with Trierweiler, 48. Before that, he was with former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal, with whom he has four children. The two were not married.

‘Nervous Fatigue’

Paris Match, the magazine where Trierweiler works, reported today that Hollande hasn’t been to visit her. One of her book reviews appears in this week’s issue.

Europe1 reported that friends of Trierweiler who have been to visit her in the hospital describe her as being in a state of “extreme nervous fatigue.”

While France doesn’t have an official status for “First Lady,” Trierweiler has an office and staff at the presidential Elysee palace, and has accompanied Hollande on trips to countries such as Russia, Israel, and the U.S. She was due to accompany Hollande to Washington.

Gayet has not made comments in the press since reports of the affair became public.

To contact the reporters on this story: Helene Fouquet in Paris at hfouquet1@bloomberg.net; Gregory Viscusi in Paris at gviscusi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Vidya Root at vroot@bloomberg.net

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