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French prosecutors open criminal probe into Hollande lover pic

Published on Feb 5, 2014 12:28 AM

PARIS (AFP) - French prosecutors said on Tuesday they had launched a criminal probe into the publication of a photo of actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made global waves.

The preliminary probe into invasion of privacy - an offence that can be punished with a year in jail and a fine of 45,000 euros (S$77,000) - follows a complaint made by the 41-year-old actress over the photo of her driving a car published by Closer magazine, prosecutor Robert Gelli said.

Gayet has played a central part in the soap opera that has gripped France for weeks since she was snapped arriving for secret trysts with the president just yards from his official residence.

Shortly after the scandal broke last month, Hollande split with his long-term partner Valerie Trierweiler.

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