After being caught cheating on her with actress
- Francois Hollande is alleged to have had an affair with actress Julie Gayet
- Valerie Trierweiler, 48, went into hospital as affair rumours emerged
- She left on Saturday and is due to go on ‘humanitarian’ visit to India today
- Hollande is today expected to officially announce their separation
French President Francois Hollande is today set to formally announce his separation from first lady Valerie Trierweiler – two weeks after being caught out cheating on her with an actress.
Despite this, 48-year-old Ms Trierweiler today set off on a ‘humanitarian’ visit to India, where she is expected to speak for the first time since the scandal broke.
‘The press release from the Elysee Palace should be released sometime today,’ respected national weekly Journal du Dimanche said on its website, without citing its sources.
French President Francois Hollande, pictured left meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican yesterday, is expected to officially announce his separation from First Lady Valerie Trierweiler today
Hollande has acknowledged ‘painful moments’ in his relationship with his partner, Valerie Trierweiler (left), while Closer magazine has alleged that he’s seeing Julie Gayet (right)
A spokesman for the president declined to comment on the report, and Trierweiler’s spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
Two weeks ago, celebrity magazine Closer published a report that Hollande was having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet.
It ran pictures of what it said was the president wearing a motorcycle helmet arriving via scooter to visit Gayet for nocturnal trysts.
The ensuing media storm has diverted public attention from a shift Hollande has made this month towards more business-friendly policies, which he hopes will revive the euro zone’s second-biggest economy in the face of high unemployment.
Happier times: The couple are pictured in celebrating Hollande’s election win in Tulle in 2012, with the leader offering his girlfriend a rose
President Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler, pictured in 2012 on the election campaign trail, have been together since 2006
A press conference to unveil the economic plans was overshadowed by questions over Hollande’s private life, as was a trip to Rome to meet the pope on Friday.
Hollande, 59, is the most unpopular president in modern France, according to polls. He has struggled to live up to a promise to get unemployment, currently stuck near 11 percent, firmly on a downward trend.
He has four children from a previous relationship with Segolene Royal, a senior member of his Socialist Party and a 2007 presidential candidate.
Royal announced their separation just after she lost the 2007 election to Nicolas Sarkozy.
Trierweiler, an arts columnist for weekly magazine Paris Match, is not married to Hollande but assumed the role of first lady at official functions following his election in May 2012.
Source : Daily Mail