France's Hollande says going through 'painful' times with partner

14th January 2014, Comments 0 comments

French President Francois Hollande admitted Tuesday he was going through "painful" times with his partner Valerie Trierweiler but said he would not make any more comments on his reported affair with an actress.

Hollande told an eagerly awaited news conference at his presidential palace that it was "neither the place nor the time" to discuss the issue, but that he would clarify the situation regarding Trierweiler before a US visit on February 11.

"Everyone in their private life can go through tough times. It's our case, these are painful moments," he said in response to a question on whether Trierweiler, his partner of many years, was still the first lady of France.

"Private affairs must be handled in private in an intimacy that respects everyone. It is neither the place nor the time to do it", he added, before saying he would not answer further questions on the subject.

Hollande's affair with the 41-year-old Julie Gayet was revealed Friday by Closer magazine, and Trierweiler has since checked into hospital for extreme stress.

Pressed on the report at the briefing, he expressed his "total indignation" at the revelations but said he would not sue the magazine.

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