François Hollande's relationship with Julie Gayet 'goes back more than two years'

Closer magazine said the 41-year-old actress had first been introduced to Mr Hollande by his former partner Ségolène Royal

Paris

The relationship between President François Hollande and the actress Julie Gayet goes back for over two years, Closer magazine said on Friday.

The magazine, which revealed the affair a week ago, said that the 41-year-old actress had been introduced to Mr Hollande by his former partner Ségolène Royal in 2011 when he was a front-running presidential candidate.

Their romantic affair can be traced back at least 12 months to December 2012, Closer said, but their relationship was already "intimate" during the presidential campaign in the spring of that year.

Meanwhile, Ms Gayet, breaking her silence about the affair, has formally denied in a statement to Europe 1 radio reports that she is four months pregnant. An unsourced rumour of her pregnancy, which appeared briefly on a French blog, was picked up by some foreign media earlier this week.

President Hollande, it emerged today, paid a first visit to his official partner, Valérie Trierweiler in hospital in Paris last night. Ms Trierweiler had complained to friends that Mr Holande had failed to visit her for six days. Sources in the Elysée Palace said the president had been following medical advice.

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler 'took one pill too many' after learning of Hollande affair  

Closer magazine published a two-page account of the Hollande-Gayet relationship today under the headline: "They have loved each other for two years".

The couple were first seen together at a large apartment near the Elysée Palace in December 2012, the magazine said. They moved their meetings elsewhere when the concierge of the building tried to photograph them together.

After a break last Spring, when Valérie Trierweiler became suspicious, the affair resumed in June, Closer said. A small apartment in the Rue du Cirque (circus street), 200 metres from the Elysée Palace, became available.

"From that moment onwards, the head of state and the actress were constantly together, visiting the apartment around 20 times," Closer said.

It was outside the building in the Rue du Cirque that President Hollande, 59, was photographed, disguised in a large black motor-cycle helmet, on the morning of 31 December.

Valerie Trierweiler, Mr Hollande’s partner Valerie Trierweiler, Mr Hollande’s partner Other reports in the French press today suggest that President Hollande is ready to end his seven years old romantic partnership with Ms Trierweiler, 49. According to Le Parisien, the Elysee Palace had considered making a statement that the relationship was over last weekend. This had to be abandoned when Ms Trierweier leaked to a journalist friend that she had entered hospital suffering from a "severe attack of the blues".

At his press conference on Tuesday, Mr Hollande promised to make a statement on his relationship with Ms Trierweiler  - and whether she remained First Lady - before a planned visit by the couple to the Obamas in Washington on 11 February.

According to Closer, the President and the actress also spent a weekend together at Mr Hollande's holiday home at Mougins in the south of France on 28-29 September."At the Cabaret de Saint-Petersbourg, a brand new restaurant in Mougins, they have a clear memory of Julie Gayet and Francois Hollande dining their alone," the magazine said.  

Valerie Trierweiler: French First Lady Demands 'Rapid Clarification' Of Her Status

Other reports in the French press today suggest that President Hollande is ready to end his seven years old romantic partnership with Ms Trierweiler, 49. According to Le Parisien, the Elysée Palace had considered making a statement that the relationship was over last weekend. This had to be abandoned when Ms Trierweier leaked to a journalist friend that she had entered hospital suffering from a "severe attack of the blues".

At his press conference on Tuesday, Mr Hollande promised to make a statement on his relationship with Ms Trierweiler- and whether she remained First Lady - before a planned visit by the couple to the Obamas in Washington on 11 February.

Reports from within the Elysée Palace suggest that Mr Hollande has been energised, rather than unnerved, by the revelation of his affair with Ms Gayet. "He is managing this business as if it was a political problem, not a romantic problem," a friend of the President told Le Parisien.

Ségolène Royal, Hollande's former partner Ségolène Royal, Hollande's former partner Other visitors to the Elysée have described a man who seems "calm", "happy" and "liberated" after Tuesday's press conference. The President's refusal to comment on theaffair in detail have been mocked in the rest of the world.

The consensus of the French media and political classes is that the two hour performance by Mr Hollande was a "tour de force". His plans to move to a more market-oriented economic policy, and to relieve the payroll tax burden on French industry, have been widely praised, even by some opposition politicians on the centre-right.

A kind of briefing war has now started between the Elysée and Ms Trierweiler, who remains in the La Pitié-Salpetrière hospital, suffering from depression and low blood pressure. She has told visitors that she is "very hurt" that the President has not visited her in hospital.

The Elysée let it be known that Mr Hollande had stayed away on the advice of her doctors. He had sent her flowers and chocolates and spoken to her mobile phone and by text.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £50,000

£40000 - £50000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £...

Recruitment Genius: Recruitment & HR Administrator

£17000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Guru Careers: HR Manager / HR Business Partner

£55 - 65k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: A HR Manager / HR Business Partner i...

Recruitment Genius: Senior HR Assistant

£23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company's vision is to be t...

Day In a Page

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map