French president visits hospitalized first lady

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2014 at 11:03 am •  Published: January 17, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

An official at the presidential palace said Friday that Hollande visited Valerie Trierweiler the previous evening.

The 48-year-old journalist was admitted a week ago to Paris' Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital for rest. His office said she had experienced a "crisis of nerves" upon learning of the report in Closer magazine last week that the 59-year-old president has been having an affair with Julie Gayet, 41.

Patrice Biancone, a spokesman for Trierweiler, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her condition was improving, and that until then only one person from her family — a son — had visited her.

In its initial report on the matter, Closer published photos that it said show Hollande, wearing a motorcycle helmet with darkened visor, was sneaking into an apartment near the presidential palace to meet Gayet. Gayet is suing the magazine, accusing it of invasion of privacy.

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