French President splits from first lady
It's all over
Following an ongoing media storm surrounding speculation of an affair, French President Francois Hollande officially announced his separation from Valerie Trierweiler.
"I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with Valerie Trierweiler," he revealed via Agence France Presse news agency.
48-year-old Trierweiler, an arts columnist for Paris Match magazine, was not married to Hollande, although their relationship began in 2006. Following Hollande's election in May 2012, she assumed the duties of first lady at official functions.
Following Hollande's official announcement of the split, the former first lady wrote on Twitter: "I want to thank the wonderful staff at the Elysee Palace. I will never forget their dedication and emotions at the time of my departure."