French President Announces Divorce with Trierweiler

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  • French President Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler in Paris in 2013. Hollande is reportedly considering taking legal action against Closer, saying it has violated his privacy. AP/Charles Platiau

    French President Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler in Paris in 2013. Hollande is reportedly considering taking legal action against Closer, saying it has violated his privacy. AP/Charles Platiau

    TEMPO.CO, Paris - French President Francois Hollande has confirmed his separation from his partner Valerie Trierweiler. He told the state-run AFP news agency that their "shared life" had ended.

    Two weeks ago, a magazine published photos which appeared to show Hollande had been having an affair with an actress Julie Gayet. Trierweiler spent a week in hospital after the revelations. Hollande, who has never denied having an affair with Julie Gayet, had admitted to a "difficult moment" in his relationship with Trierweiler. At the time of the revelations, he promised to clarify the situation before his official visit to Washington on February 11.

    Trierweiler, who has continued to work as a journalist for the glossy magazine Paris-Match, is due to travel to India today in support of the work of the French charity Action against Hunger.

    Trierweiler and Hollande have never been married. She announced their relationship six months after he left his previous partner, one-time French presidential candidate Segolene Royal, with whom he has four children.

    BBC | CHETA NILAWATY