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Hollande refuses to answer 'affair' question

Published on Feb 1, 2014 2:09 AM

LONDON (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande on Friday refused to answer a British journalist's question about whether his private life had made "an international joke" out of France.

Hollande announced last week he was splitting from his partner Valerie Trierweiler following media reports that he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

At a press conference following a summit between Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron at an airbase in southern England, Christopher Hope, a journalist from The Daily Telegraph newspaper, was handed the microphone.

After first asking a question about the economy, Mr Hope added: "Do you think your private life has made France an international joke, are you still having an affair with Julie Gayet and do you wish she was here?" Mr Hollande replied: "As for the other question you asked, I will not answer you."

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