French President Hollande confirms Trierweiler split

French President Francois Hollande has confirmed his separation from his partner Valerie Trierweiler, the BBC reports.
He told the state-run AFP news agency that their “shared life” had ended. Two weeks ago a magazine published photos which appeared to show Mr Hollande had been having an affair with an actress, Julie Gayet.
Ms Trierweiler spent a week in hospital after the revelations. On Saturday evening she tweeted her thanks to the “wonderful staff” at the Elysee Palace. She said she “would never forget their devotion or the emotion at the time of departure”. Mr Hollande, who has never denied having an affair with Julie Gayet, had admitted to a “difficult moment” in his relationship with Ms Trierweiler. At the time of the revelations, he promised to clarify the situation before his official visit to Washington on 11 February.
Mr Hollande told AFP on Saturday that he was speaking in a personal capacity and not as the head of state. “I am making it known that I have put an end to my shared life with Valerie Trierweiler,” he said in a phone call to the agency. Ms Trierweiler, who has continued to work as a journalist for the glossy magazine Paris-Match, was due to travel to India on Sunday in support of the work of the French charity Action Against Hunger.

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