Hollande says may sue magazine over affair claim

French actress Julie Gayet at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2004. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
French actress Julie Gayet at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2004. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
French President Francois Hollande reacts during his New Year speech to civil servants and constitutional bodies at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on Jan 7, 2014. French President Francois Hollande said on Friday he was considering legal action against
French President Francois Hollande reacts during his New Year speech to civil servants and constitutional bodies at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on Jan 7, 2014. French President Francois Hollande said on Friday he was considering legal action against Closer after the magazine said he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande said on Friday he was considering legal action against Closer after the magazine said he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Speaking in a personal capacity, Mr Hollande condemned the coverage as an “attack on the right to privacy,” to which he “like every other citizen has a right”.

Mr Hollande said in a statement he was “looking into possible action, including legal action,” against the weekly magazine.

Closer said on its website on Friday that Mr Hollande was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, promising to back its claim with photographs after months of swirling rumours.

The website said its Friday print edition would feature seven pages of revelations and pictures on the 59-year-old president’s alleged relationship with Ms Gayet.

Closer, echoing reports published on various websites in recent days, said Mr Hollande routinely drives through Paris on his scooter to spend the night with the 41-year-old.

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