French actress Julie Gayet sues over Hollande affair rumours
PARIS (AFP) - French actress Julie Gayet has launched legal action over Internet rumours that she is the mistress of President Francois Hollande, her lawyer, Mr Vincent Toledano, told AFP on Thursday.
Judicial sources said Gayet, a blonde 40-year-old who appeared in one of Hollande's 2012 election commercials, filed a complaint relating to an alleged breach of her right to a private life with Paris prosecutors on March 18. The move came after she was reported or implied by various bloggers and websites to have become close to the Socialist president.
Mr Hollande, 58, lives with his girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler, a glamorous journalist for whom he left fellow Socialist politician Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children.
In a statement, Gayet's lawyer said there was no basis to the rumours: "The actress Julie Gayet has instructed my chambers to take legal action over the rumour, widely disseminated on the Internet, suggesting, with no foundation, that she has a romantic relationship with the President of the republic.