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Hollande to marry Julie Gayet

Paris, July 21: François Hollande may be close to proposing to the actress Julie Gayet, according to senior Socialist party officials who have reportedly asked the French president to clarify his status.

“We’ve been hearing for the past three months that he’s going to formalise his relationship with Julie Gayet,” an official told the newspaper, Le Parisien.

Party leaders are reportedly concerned that if Hollande continues trying to keep his complicated private life out of the public eye, rumours about his relationship with the actress could overshadow the Socialists’ 2017 election campaign.

“He has to clarify things and show that it isn’t just a casual fling,” one leading Socialist told Le Parisien.

Yves Azéroual, the author of a book titled Passions of State, said: “Julie’s tired of being the mistress who has to hide. What’s more, in the eyes of the public, she looks like the one in the wrong. She’s been putting him under pressure for several weeks and he’s finally said yes.”

Revelations of Hollande’s affair with Gayet, 43, made headlines around the world in December, prompting the 59-year-old President to end his relationship with Valérie Trierweiler, 49, the following month.

For weeks, public attention focused on Hollande’s love life rather than his policies. The affair had little impact on the President’s already dismal approval ratings, but it grew increasingly embarrassing for him to face constant questions about it. If Hollande does marry, it will be for the first time. He did not wed Trierweiler or Ségolene Royale, the mother of his four children. Royale, 60, is now his environment minister.

 
 
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