French tabloid Closer alleges that President Francois Hollande is having an affair with film actress Julie Gayet, while Parisians brush off story. Michaela Cabrera reports.
REPORTER: A French magazine alleges that President François Hollande is having an affair with film actress Julie Gayet. Hollande threatened to sue the magazine for breach of privacy. He did not deny the report. The weekly tabloid Closer published photos that purportedly shows a man wearing a helmet - said to be Hollande - arriving on a scooter outside an apartment in Paris. Parisians brushed off the story. French politicians have been known to have affairs in the past, bearing little impact on public opinion.
PASSER-BY EMMANUELLE: "Closer, I think it's a revolting magazine, I don't think it's interesting at all. It's François Hollande's private life, I think life is life. I think it's not interesting and I think there are many other more important issues in France than this one."
PASSER-BY JEAN-CHRISTOPHE: "I find this quite low, frankly it's not interesting."
REPORTER: Gayet supported Hollande's presidential campaign in 2012. She had filed a complaint for breach of privacy last year after rumours of an affair with the president were publicised. Hollande is in a relationship with ex-journalist Valérie Trierweiler and has four children with previous partner, fellow Socialist politician Ségolène Royal.
If you brush something off, you refuse to listen to someone, or to accept that something might be true or important. The Foreign Secretary brushed off suggestions that he had considered resigning.