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Hollande's security chief in hot water over 'love nest' checks

Published on Jan 14, 2014 1:18 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Francois Hollande's security chief is in hot water for failing to properly check out a 'love nest' the French President allegedly used for trysts with actress Julie Gayet, Le Monde reported on Monday.

As the Socialist leader, who had pledged a "normal" presidency, came under increasing scrutiny at home and abroad for his affair with a blonde 18 years his junior, attention in France has turned to the issue of whether his safety was compromised.

The apartment used by the couple was rented by a friend of Gayet's, another actress named Emmanuelle Hauck.

Hauck was the girlfriend of Francois Masini, who had reportedly had close links to the Corsican mafia and was shot dead on the island in May last year.

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