ACTRESS Julie Gayet has been having an affair with French President Francois Hollande, according to a bombshell new report from French magazine Closer.
Rumors of romance flooded the internet last year, but Closer magazine now claims to have proof.
On its website Friday, Closer France touts details of a 7 page special that details Gayet’s affair with Hollande.
They have photos of Francois turning up at Gaye’s apartment on a scooter, with a helmet on his head.
Sources say the head of state is accompanied by a single bodyguard who protects the secrecy of these meetings with the actress and even brings croissants.
In a statement from the Elysée Palace, Hollande did not directly deny the report but accused the magazine of breaching his privacy. He said advisers were looking at what action to take against the magazine, which caused a storm in 2012 after publishing paparazzi photographs of the topless Duchess of Cambridge on a private holiday in the south of France.
The statement said Hollande “deeply deplores the attacks on the principle of respect for privacy, to which he, like every citizen, has a right”. However, it did not directly deny the story of the affair.
Hollande’s partner is the former Paris Match journalist Valérie Trierweiler, who is considered to be France’s first lady. He has four children with the politician Ségolène Royal, who ran against Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 presidential race.
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