France's first lady Valerie Trierweiler leaves hospital after Hollande 'affair' revelations

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 January, 2014, 10:44pm
UPDATED : Monday, 20 January, 2014, 8:16am


French first lady Valerie Trierweiler has been discharged from a Paris hospital, eight days after being admitted for shock following revelations of President Francois Hollande's alleged affair with an actress.

Trierweiler left Pitie Salpetriere Hospital for a presidential residence in Versailles, about half an hour west of the capital, according to Paris Match magazine, her long-time employer, and other media.

Paris Match said she was taken at her request to La Lanterne hunting lodge, on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, rather than the Elysee, where she has been living recently, or to the apartment she and Hollande share in the 15th district of the capital.

The 48-year-old journalist was expected to spend a few days at La Lanterne, the magazine added, citing unnamed sources close to Hollande.

The twice-divorced mother of three, who has failed to win the hearts of the French, tweeted her gratitude to those who had sent her messages of encouragement.

"From the bottom of my heart I thank those who sent messages of support or wishing a speedy recovery by Twitter, SMS or e-mail. Very touched," she wrote.

Trierweiler was admitted to hospital on January 10 suffering from what aides described as a "coup de blues" (an attack of the blues) over revelations of an alleged affair between Hollande and actress Julie Gayet.

According to Paris Match and other media, it was Hollande himself who broke the news to her of the alleged affair, on the eve of the publication by Closer magazine of photographs of a helmeted figure presented as Hollande, 59, coming and going from an apartment used by Gayet, 41.

Hollande, who promised to clarify his relationship with Trierweiler before a state visit to the United States next month, visited her in hospital on Thursday.

The international media pursued Hollande on Saturday on a visit to his rural stronghold of Correze. More than 90 journalists were accredited to cover his visit to the region that he led from 2008 until 2012.

But for those who were hoping the Socialist leader might say more about his private life than he did at a press conference on Tuesday, there was disappointment with his speech to about 2,000 people in the town of Tulle focusing on economic policy and decentralisation.

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