The disturbing criminal backdrop to Hollande's secret liaison

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Behind the acute embarrassment caused for President François Hollande by recent revelations of his relationship with the actress Julie Gayet lies a disturbing backdrop. The pair met regularly in an apartment lent to them by Gayet’s friend and fellow actress Emmanuelle Hauck, who had close links with a number of individuals connected to organised crime. Mediapart has gained access to judicial documents that further underline the very serious risks run by Hollande, wittingly or unwittingly, during his secret liaison, and which former presidential security officers describe as a major failure by his protection services.         

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During his news conference on Tuesday, President François Hollande, in one of his very few comments related to the revelations of his relationship with the actress Julie Gayet, dismissed the suggestion that there had been any failure in his personal security arrangements during their secret meetings.