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Hollande: French first lady on the mend, resting

General view of the presidential residence at La Lanterne, in an estate associated with the Chateau de Versailles, near Paris, January 19, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

THE HAGUE: France's President Francois Hollande says his first lady is recovering at a state residence at Versailles after being hospitalized over a report that he is having an affair with an actress.

The story has drawn widespread attention abroad, and overshadowed Monday's visit to the Netherlands, his first foreign trip since the report.

Hollande told reporters that Valerie Trierweiler is "doing better" but refused to respond to a question from The Associated Press on his personal life. Trierweiler was hospitalized with what aides called extreme shock after the report earlier this month.

Hollande has never married, and the reported affair with actress Julie Gayet has prompted questions about whether Trierweiler will stay in the state-financed office of first lady. Neither Hollande nor Gayet has denied the affair.

 

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