Hollande dumps ‘first lady’ Valerie Trierweiler

French President François Hollande announced on Saturday that he has officially separated from his partner Valerie Trierweiler, meaning she is no longer France´s defacto first lady. The announcement was made just as Trierweiler was to set off for an official trip to India.

Hollande dumps 'first lady' Valerie Trierweiler
Valerie Trierweiler's split from the French President François Hollande is set to be officially announced on Saturday. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

French President Francois Hollande has split with his partner Valerie Trierweiler after his affair with a young actress, in a statement to AFP.

Saying he was speaking as a private individual, Hollande said: "I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with Valerie Trierweiler."

Hollande had promised to clarify his relationship with Trierweiler, the defacto first lady, after claims were made in a Closer magazine that he had been having a two year fling with a French actress.

The announcement was predicted earlier in the day by the French press. Le Parisien’s headline on Saturday simply read “François Hollande et Valerie Trierweiler c’est fini”.

A source in the president’s entourage told the newspaper: “He has talked to her and filled her in on the situation, but she will leave it up to him to announce it.”

The official announcement of the split had been expected ever since the revelations broke that Hollande had allegedly ben leaving to Elysée Palace in the dead of night to have secret trysts with 41-year-actress Gayet.

At a press conference earlier this month Hollande had refuse to answer questions on the affair, simply saying he would clarify the situation with Trierweiler in the coming days.

He will now make his official visit to the United States next month alone.

The announcement was made just before Trierweiler set off for an official  visit to India to promote the work of an aid charity.

The two-day trip was organised by French relief organization Action Against Hunger and had been planned long in advance.

The aid group had invited Trierweiler in her official capacity and was paying for the trip, the aide said.

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