President Hollande's secret visits to meet actress; flat linked to 'organised crime'


What may have at first seemed like a simple affair of the heart on the part of President François Hollande looks set to take on a political dimension. Mediapart can reveal that the flat where Hollande is reported to meet actress Julie Gayet has connections with a convicted criminal suspected of links to Corsican organised crime. This immediately raises questions of what France's 'top cop', interior minister Manuel Valls, knew about the affair. Was he unaware of the flat's links to a criminal? Or did an amorous president fall into a political trap?

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French president François Hollande's reported affair with actress Julie Gayet threatens to become a political scandal, with the revelation that the Paris flat where the couple meet is associated with a man linked to Corsican organised crime.