Critics say President Hollande tried to influence judiciary in Trierweiler defamation case

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French president writes letter to court as trial begins in defamation case brought by his partner over a salacious biography.

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Valérie Trierweiler, the president's 47-year-old partner, is suing the authors of "La Frondeuse" (The Rebel) for defamation and invasion of privacy, seeking 85,000 euros in damages and court costs, reports RFI.