Actress Julie Gayet has issued a lawsuit against the French gossip magazine Closer, suing for breach of privacy and seeking 50,000 euros in damages. In its 10th January issue, the magazine published a series of photographs that it claims depict Gayet and French President Francois Hollande meeting for an affair. Following Gayet's writ, the magazine has pixelated the Hollande and Gayet photographs on its website; its current print edition, published today, contains further details of the alleged affair, though does not include any photographs.
Hollande has not commented directly on Closer's allegations. His partner is currently in hospital, apparently due to stress caused by the exposure of Hollande's affair. Hollande is unpopular with the French public due to the country's weak economy, though the French respect for privacy means that the controversy is unlikely to be politically damaging to him.
Closer previously caused a scandal when it printed topless photographs of Kate Middleton. Middleton and Prince William sued successfully, and the magazine was ordered to cease all distribution of the photos.