French President Francois Hollande Faces Reporters Over Alleged Affair

President Hollande says "he will clarify who the first lady is before he takes a presidential trip to the U.S."

French President Francois Hollande answers a reporter during his annual news conference, Tuesday, Jan.14, 2014, at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
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President Hollande says "he will clarify who the first lady is before he takes a presidential trip to the U.S."

French President Francois Hollande told reporters in Paris that his "indignation is total" over the tabloid pictures that linked him to an affair with a young French actress.

"Everybody in their personal lives can go through hardships," Hollande said in a press conference Tuesday.

Hollande, referring to his longtime companion Valerie Trierweiler, said, "This is the case for us."

"These are painful moments, but I have one principle: private affairs are dealt with in private. This is not the place nor the time to do this," he said.

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The allegations of Hollande's affair emerged Friday and have caused a media frenzy that is unusual in a country that values privacy as evidenced by its stringent privacy laws.

Despite Hollande being angry over the alleged affair, he did not deny it.

In fact, he told the press that he "will clarify who the first lady is before he takes a presidential trip to the United States on Feb. 11," The Associated Press reports.

Trierweiler was hospitalized Friday after the compromising reports were released. Herchief of staff, Patrice Biancone, said the hospitalization was for "rest and a few tests," according to the AP. However, some are suggesting Trierweiler is in the hospital due to shock over the allegations against her significant other, according to USA Today.

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Though France doesn't have an official "first lady," and Holland never married Trierweiler, she has lived at the official French president's residence, the Elysee Palace, for years and accompanies Hollande on his official visits, EuroNews.com reports.

The press conference, scheduled long before the scandal developed, was intended to spotlight Hollande's proposed economic policies.

Though Hollande has talked of suing the magazine that first published the incriminating pictures, he has not officially come out and said whether or not he will pursue legal action against them, the BBC reports.

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