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Lesbian love, President's lover at French Oscars

Published on Feb 28, 2014 10:02 AM
Valerie Trierweiler, the ex-partner of French President Francois Hollande, arrives at a hospital to visit a Nutrition Rehabilitation and Research Centre in the Dharavi area of Mumbai on Jan 27, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - A lesbian love movie that dazzled Cannes leads the race ahead of the French Oscars on Friday, where Julie Gayet, the actress outed as President Francois Hollande's lover, is running for an award for a role as a vamp.

Quentin Tarantino and Scarlett Johansson will be attending the Cesars ceremony in Paris, held two days before the United States Oscars, with the Django Unchained director set to hand Johansson an honorary award.

But both will be sharing the celebrity spotlight with 41-year-old Gayet, star of the soap opera that gripped France for weeks after Mr Hollande was snapped arriving for trysts with her at a Paris address.

Leading the pack of Cesars nominations, the Palme d'Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour is up for eight awards including Best Picture and Best Director for the French-Tunisian film-maker Abdellatif Kechiche.

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