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Hollande affair of 'real passion', 'insane risks': Magazine

Published on Jan 10, 2014 7:23 PM

PARIS (AFP) - A French magazine alleged on Friday that Francois Hollande routinely drives through the streets of Paris on a scooter to spend the night with his mistress, raising concerns for the security of the head-of-state.

President Hollande reacted furiously to the allegation - backed up by photos reportedly showing the president entering the flat of actress Julie Gayet - but did not deny it, threatening legal action over what he called an attack on his right to privacy.

Closer's Friday edition carried a seven-page report on the 59-year-old president's alleged infidelity under the headline "Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet - the president's secret love".

"It's a real passion that has... turned their lives upside down and makes them take insane risks," the magazine wrote.

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