Is Francois Hollande's 'mistress', Julie Gayet, 4 months pregnant?
- Sensational claim posted on Twitter by French blogger
- He claimed the source was a journalist at the M6 television news channel
- It states the information has come from a source close to the President
- Hollande, 59, has been sneaking off for nights of passion with Miss Gayet
- Her apartment is 150 yards from the Elysee Palace, where Hollande lives
- He faced the world's media for the first time since the affair news broke
- Acknowledged he was going through a difficult period in his private life
- Refused to answer question about if Valerie Trierweiler is still First Lady
- The president left open the possibility of suing Closer over its report
- Pair are scheduled to attend a formal state dinner hosted by President
- Made comments at New Year's press conference on the economy
- Valerie Trierweiler is set to remain in hospital suffering from 'shock'
By Peter Allen and Sam Greenhill
14:06 EST, 14 January 2014
18:09 EST, 14 January 2014
The mistress of the philandering French President is four months pregnant, it was claimed last night.
Actress Julie Gayet, 41, is expecting Francois Hollande’s baby in June, according to unconfirmed reports by a French blogger who claimed the source was a journalist at the respected M6 television news channel.
Mr Hollande, 59, has been sneaking off on his scooter for nights of passion with Miss Gayet in an apartment 150 yards from the Elysee Palace, where he lives with partner Valerie Trierweiler.
Pregnant? Actress Julie Gayet, 41, is said to have spent several nights with French President Francois Hollande
Rumours: A Twitter post apparently by the Le Reel website claims Julie Gayet is four months pregnant
A translation of the post reads: 'Julie Gayet is four months pregnant according to a source close of Francois Hollande at L'elysee, information confirmed by a journalist at M6.'
Last night there was no official
confirmation or denial of the pregnancy claim, which began following a
post on Twitter from a French blogger called Le Reel.
And it quickly began to spread, with former Tory MP Louise Mensch writing: ‘French blogger tweeting source says Gayet 4 months pregnant; Valerie evidently not First Lady any more.’
A spokesman for M6 denied ‘any knowledge’ of the rumour. An Elysee Palace spokesman said he had ‘no comment’ on ‘such a matter’.
Miss Trierweiler, 48, has been in hospital since Friday suffering from ‘extreme shock’ over the affair revelations.
But in a press conference yesterday, Mr Hollande made no mention of his partner of seven years, refusing to say whether she was still First Lady and furiously denouncing questions about his ‘painful’ love life.
Addressing the nation, he proclaimed himself ‘totally indignant’ that his affair had been exposed.
'Distraught' Miss Trierweiler, 48, was admitted for treatment following the publication of photographs of the French leader sneaking in and out of his love-nest on the back of a moped
Waving his hands in frustration, he said it was a private matter which of the women was now his partner at the Elysee Palace – a role that is estimated to cost French taxpayers £70,000 a month.
He contemptuously indicated he would make up his mind before a state visit to Washington just before Valentine’s Day.
At a scheduled twice-yearly press conference, the first question was: ‘Valerie Trierweiler, is she still today the First Lady of France?’
Mr Hollande pointedly refused to back his long-term love, saying only: ‘Each and every one of us, in their personal lives, can go through difficult periods. And that’s our case. They are painful moments.
‘But I have one principle, which is that private matters are dealt with privately, within a respectful intimacy. So therefore it is neither the time or the place to do so.’
He added he would answer ‘any questions on this particular subject’ ahead of his state visit to Barack and Michelle Obama on February 11.
French President Francois Hollande has refused to answer whether his long-term girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler is still France's First Lady
As he faced the world's media for the first time since the news broke, the 59-year-old remained tight-lipped during questioning from journalists
Intriguingly, an Elysee Palace spokesman would not say to today whether Mr Hollande had even visited his de fact first lady in hospital, where Ms Trierweiler has so far spent four nights
UNDER SCRUTINY: HOLLANDE'S ANSWERS
The Prime Minster made it clear at Elysee Palace press conference in Paris that he had not made up his mind who he wanted to be with.
He said: 'Everyone of us can go through difficult
periods in our personal life and that is our case. They are painful
moments, but I have one principle and that is that private matters are
dealt with privately within a respectful intimacy. Therefore it is
nether the time nor the place to do so.'
Asked if he would tighten France's already very strict privacy laws, Mr Hollande said: 'No, I am against changing laws for personal convenience.
'But my outrage is total. We are a country of great freedoms in France, but we do have a respect for private life and for human dignity.'
In words which may be considered extremely cruel by both women, Mr Hollande even confirmed that the presidential partner had 'no official status' in France, and he was determined to keep costs down, whoever was confirmed as first lady.
When questioned if his security had ever been compromised as suggested by some reports about his affair, Mr Hollande answered: 'When I travel officially and when I travel on a private basis, I have protection that is less suffocating. But I am protected everywhere.'
When later in the two-hour press conference he was asked again who the French First Lady was, he lost his cool, telling 600 assembled journalists from around the world he deplored last week’s expose of his infidelity in French Closer magazine.
outrage is total. I am totally indignant, and it is not only personally
that I’m indignant – it is a violation that affects a fundamental
freedom, and could involve all of you,’ he said, pointing.
‘We are a country of great freedoms in France, but we do have a respect for private life and for human dignity.’
French journalists failed to grill him on why he had chosen to have his trysts in an apartment which has links to the Corsican mafia.
And he was let off lightly about the fact that Miss Trierweiler, as First Lady, has five members of staff, her own chauffeur and the use of private jets and limousines.
In words which may be considered extremely cruel by some, unmarried Mr Hollande claimed the presidential partner had ‘no official status’ in France, and said he was determined to keep costs down, whoever was confirmed as First Lady. The role was just a ‘habit’, he suggested.
But he did acknowledge that Miss Trierweiler was on the public payroll and said: ‘For me, what is essential is transparency.’
Despite Mr Hollande’s protestations of an ‘invasion’ of privacy, Miss Trierweiler has been supplying daily briefings on her condition in hospital to French newspaper Le Parisien.
She told the paper she was ready to forgive her partner, if only he would make his intentions clear quickly.
Yesterday the newspaper claimed Mr Hollande wanted to announce his separation from Miss Trierweiler – for whom he left the mother of his four children – but is scared to do so while she is in hospital.
Today in answer to a question from a journalist about the Closer magazine photos Mr Hollande said he is outraged by the violation of his privacy, but says he will not sue
Mr Hollande added that 'my indignation is total' and the report is a 'violation that touches a personal liberty'
French president Francois Hollande gives a press conference to present his 2014 policy plans at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris
As Mr Hollande spoke to the world's press this mock-up appeared on the internet of the prime minster wearing a helmet Photoshopped over his head, similar to the one he was seen wearing in Closer magazine
A tweet from journalist Andrew Neil questioning the French First Lady's status
‘Some have advised him to make an announcement of a split, but the hospitalisation of Valerie Trierweiler convinced him to give it time,’ one friend told the publication.
An Elysee Palace spokesman would not say whether Mr Hollande had visited Miss Trierweiler in hospital.
There is nothing physically wrong with her, but she said Mr Hollande’s confession of cheating was like ‘being hit by a high-speed train’, and she is desperate to win public sympathy.
Bizarrely, though, it is Mr Hollande whose public ratings have risen as a result of the scandal – among women at least.
An opinion poll for Le Nouvel Observateur magazine showed his approval among women had jumped from 23 per cent in December to 26 per cent now.
It has been claimed the pair met at a £2.5million Paris love nest, registered to writer and actor Michel Ferracci
Julie Gayet (left) with Emmanuelle Hauck (right). The flat is registered to Ferracci, who is a former lover of the French actress Hauck, who now uses the flat with their children
Meanwhile, despite being highly recognisable as one of France’s most famous film stars, divorced Miss Gayet has gone into hiding. The actress, who has starred in several erotic movies in the past, has two teenage sons.
ex-husband, Argentine screenwriter Santiago Amigorena, 51, yesterday
described her as ‘very calm and confident’ as she hid away from the
He said she was a ‘sublime actress, who works a lot, a mother who cares for her children,’ insisting there was ‘no fault, no deception’ on her part.
She has indicated that she is prepared to forgive President Francois Hollande for his affair with an actress, even though she felt she had been 'hit by a high speed train' when first told about it. But Elysee Palace sources in turn said Ms Trierweiler solely wanted to hold on to a position which ensured her wealth, fame and huge public influence
Trierweiler (left) became Mr Hollande’s live-in
girlfriend following his separation from Segolene Royal, the mother of
his four children. But her place in the president’s affections have been
taken by Julie Gayet (right)
These black and white photographs show a topless Julie Gayet in a photo shoot in 1998
early last year, Mr Hollande has been making visits to his love nest on
the back of a moped, using a crash helmet as a disguise.
An armed bodyguard working for one of France’s elite police units was tasked with bringing morning croissants to the lovers following their trysts.
But Sébastien Valiela, the photographer who caught Mr Hollande sneaking in and out of the apartment, claimed yesterday the President’s 63-man security team would leave him alone overnight.
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