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France's Hollande, first lady mulling relationship: lawyer

Published on Jan 24, 2014 4:49 AM

PARIS (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande and his first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, are together studying a "clarification" of their relationship, Ms Trierweiler's lawyer told the newspaper Le Figaro.

Ms Trierweiler remains holed up in a presidential residence in Versailles outside Paris after Saturday leaving hospital where she was treated for a bout of "tiredness" brought on by press revelations of Hollande's affair with a French actress, Julie Gayet, 41.

Speculation is rife in Paris and elsewhere that Mr Hollande, 59, might be poised to dump Ms Trierweiler, 48, his longterm partner who was with him when he became president in 2012.

The president promised in a mid-January news conference that he would publicly define what relationship, if any, he and Ms Trierweiler had before going on a February 11 state visit to Washington.

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