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French president indignant over tabloid report

President Francois Hollande of France tries to devote his press conference Tuesday to his economic plans.
President Francois Hollande of France tries to devote his press conference Tuesday to his economic plans.IAN LANGSDON/EPA

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PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande conceded Tuesday that he is going through ‘‘painful moments’’ with his companion, who was hospitalized after a magazine reported that he is secretly having an affair with a movie actress.

But the Socialist Hollande, who has some of the lowest approval ratings of a French leader, sidestepped specifics about his personal life and tried to devote his annual presidential news conference to his plan for reviving France’s struggling economy.

Hollande’s partner, journalist Valerie Trierweiler, has been hospitalized since Friday, when the tabloid-style magazine Closer published photos it said proved Hollande’s liaison with actress Julie Gayet around the corner from the presidential Elysee Palace.

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