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  • 19 January 2014, 3:32

France: Valerie Trierweiler Leaves Hospital

The partner of French President Francois Hollande has thanked well-wishers for their support after leaving hospital on Saturday.

Valerie Trierweiler was admitted on January 10 after claims that Mr Hollande was having a relationship with actress Julie Gayet.

She tweeted: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who sent messages of support... very touched."

Ms Trierweiler is expected to spend the next few days resting at the president's official residence in Versailles.

The reports of the affair with Ms Gayet, which Mr Hollande has neither confirmed nor denied, have raised questions about whether Ms Trierweiler will continue to occupy the unofficial position of France's "first lady" and accompany the president on state visits.

Mr Hollande promised at a news conference on Tuesday to clarify his partner's status ahead of a trip to the United States next month.

Ducking questions about the alleged affair, Mr Hollande admitted he was going through a "painful time" in his life but said "private matters should be dealt with privately".

He said he was "totally indignant" about the story, which he claimed threatened France's principle of "respect for private life and people's dignity".

Mr Hollande has sought to portray it is "business as usual" in the wake of the allegations made in Closer magazine, which published pictures it said were of Mr Hollande making a night-time visit to Ms Gayet's Paris apartment.

Ms Gayet is suing the magazine, which she claims breached the country's privacy laws.

The 41-year-old actress appeared in a 2012 election film for Mr Hollande, in which she described him as "marvellous", "humble" and a "really good listener".

Mr Hollande has been languishing in the opinion polls in the face of tax hikes, high unemployment, and a reputation for being indecisive.

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