Keyword: affair

Swedish politician claims to be François Mitterrand's son

Hravn Forsne’s mother, a Swedish journalist who served as a Paris correspondent, previously spoke of her affair with French president.

Closer ordered to pay damages to actress in Hollande affair

The magazine must pay 15,000 euros for breaching Julie Gayet's privacy with photos revealing her relationship with the French president.

French presidency denies announcement on Trierweiler

The Elysée palace denies reports of an imminent announcement that François Hollande and Valérie Trierweiler are to separate.

Trierweiler to visit India at weekend in 'firsty lady' capacity

Valérie Trierweiler will visit Mumbai on Sunday and Monday in a visit organised and funded by a French aid agency, Action Against Hunger.

François Hollande's partner Valérie Trierweiler leaves hospital

Trierweiler, hospitalised amid reports of the French president's affair with an actress, is resting at a presidential residence in Versailles.

Hollande visits Trierweiler amid further revelations of affair

Magazine publishes fresh claims over affair between an actress and President Hollande who paid a visit to his long-term partner in hospital.

The smokescreen of French privacy laws

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Tepid French public reaction to political scandals, and also to the romantic affairs of presidents, is often at odds with how the same events would be judged in other developed countries. In parallel to this, France has some of the toughest laws in Europe protecting personal privacy – and which are now cited in legal action taken against the magazine Closer by actress Julie Gayet following its revelations of her secret relationship with President François Hollande. Here, Philippe Riès argues that the privacy laws used by politicians is too often a tool to disguise the institutionalised excesses and corruption of a monarchic elite, served by a largely submissive media and reinforced by a puzzling public indifference that places democracy in danger.

Hollande's woes deepen as more revelations emerge over affair with actress

Magazine Closer publishes more evidence of French president's affair, while other media claim his partner 'took pills' after its revelations.

Actress linked to Hollande struck off cultural jury

The French culture minister has blocked the appointment of Julie Gayet to a jury awarding scholarships to the Villa Medici academy in Rome.

Hollande ducks 'first lady' questions at news conference

At a news conference in Paris, the French president refused to talk about his alleged affair with an actress "out of respect for those involved".

Hollande's partner Trierweiler 'ready to forgive' affair

President's partner Valérie Trierweiler, hospitalised after learning of his affair with an actress, is said by friend 'ready to forgive' him.

François Hollande’s affair: scandal reveals a changing France

Exposé of the French president's alleged affair with actress marks a departure from the country's previous nonchalance over such matters.

France's Hollande attacks report of affair with actress

French president says he has a right to privacy and is considering suing Closer magazine after it claimed he was having an affair with Julie Gayet.

Nicolas Sarkozy put under investigation for 'exploiting' L'Oréal heiress: the French Right cry foul

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Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been dramatically placed under formal investigation for allegedly abusing the mental frailty of billionaire L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. It followed a second round of questioning by judges in Bordeaux investigating the Bettencourt affair, which involves claims of political corruption and abuse of power. The news has caused fury on the Right, however, who insist that it is a politically-motivated decision coming just days after the resignation of budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, who is also facing an investigation.

Three Sarkozy allies to be questioned as Bettencourt probe nears its dramatic conclusion

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The judge carrying out the high-profile investigation into the Bettencourt affair involving France's wealthiest woman, allegations of financial abuse and claims of political corruption at the highest levels, has ordered three allies of former President Nicolas Sarkozy to be questioned as witnesses. Judge Jean-Michel Gentil, who is said to be close to completing his mammoth task, is examining whether L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt's mental frailty was taken advantage of by those around her. But the publicity-shy judge is also investigating claims that the billionaire’s money was illegally used to fund Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign. There are also allegations that the Elysée Palace tried to stop a proper investigation into the affair and that France's domestic spy chief himself became involved. As Michel Deléan reports, the judge is leaving no stone unturned in his inquiries.