PARIS — Under pressure over a magazine report that he is having a secret affair with an actress, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday he is going through “painful moments” but otherwise sidestepped specifics on his personal life.
Hollande’s partner, journalist Valerie Trierweiler, has been hospitalized since Friday, when Closer published photos it said proved Hollande’s liaison with Julie Gayet. The report has heaped new pressure on the already unpopular Hollande.
He was asked following a major economic policy speech Tuesday whether Trierweiler remains the first lady. In his first comments since the magazine report, Hollande responded: “Everyone in his or her personal life can go through ordeals — that’s the case with us.”
Hollande said his “indignation is total” over the report, calling it a “violation that touches a personal liberty.” He did not say whether the report is true.