Hollande considers legal action over alleged affair
Updated: 2014-01-10 17:42
French President Francois Hollande wears protection for his ears as he watches a Mirage 2000-5 which taxis out of its hangar during a visit to the Creil military airbase as he presents New Year wishes to the French Army in Creil, near Paris, Jan 8, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]
PARIS - French President Francois Hollande has complained of breach of privacy and is considering legal action after French magazine Closer alleged he was having an affair with an actress, a source in his office said on Friday.
"Francois Hollande greatly deplores the invasion of his privacy, to which he has a right as any other citizen does. He is studying what action, including legal action, to take following this publication," the source said.
The weekly tabloid earlier published a 7-page photo spread of comings and goings outside a Parisian apartment block to support its allegation.
The pictures showed the arrival of one man resembling one of Hollande's bodyguards, a second man - which it purported was Hollande - arriving and leaving on a scooter and unidentifiable in a black helmet.
A woman who the publication alleged was actress Julie Gayet was also seen arriving at and leaving the same apartment.