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French president threatens legal action over magazine photos suggesting he has secret lover

The French magazine Closer with photos of French President Francois Hollande and French actress Julie Gayet on its front page, is presented in a newspaper stall on the Champs Elysee Avenue in Paris, Friday Jan. 10, 2013. French President Francois Hollande is threatening legal action over the magazine report saying he is having a secret affair with the French actress Julie Gayet. Hollande, in a statement obtained by The Associated Press, says he "deeply deplores the attacks on respect for privacy, to which each citizen has a right." .(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
January 10, 2014 - 1:13 AM

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande is threatening legal action over a magazine report saying he is having a secret affair with a French actress.

Hollande, in a statement obtained by The Associated Press, says he "deeply deplores the attacks on respect for privacy, to which each citizen has a right."

It says he is weighing possible action, including via the courts. He did not address the alleged affair.

Rumours have long circulated that Hollande might have a lover. The magazine Closer published images Friday showing a bodyguard and a helmeted man it says is Hollande visiting what Closer says is the actress' apartment.

Hollande has never married. He had four children with politician Segolene Royal, and has been living in recent years with journalist Valerie Trierweiler, considered France's first lady.

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