- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 18, 2014

The first lady of France has checked out of the hospital where she went to rest after a tabloid magazine reported on an alleged affair between President Francois Hollande and actress Julie Gayet.

A member of Valerie Trierweiler’s entourage confirmed she left La Pitie-Salpetriere hospital Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

Paris Match magazine, where Ms. Trierweiler is a longtime correspondent, reported that she will recover for “several days” in an official residence in Versailles, according to AP.

CNN affiliate BFM-TV also reported the departure from the hospital, citing unnamed sources close to the first lady.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who sent messages support and recovery via twitter, SMS or email,” Trierweiler wrote from her verified Twitter account on Saturday, hours after her reported release. “Very touched.”

New claims emerged Friday about the reported tryst between the president and actress, including allegations that they had been seeing each other for two years.

French magazine, Closer, the same magazine that published the original article, reported the couple made use of a second apartment near the Elysee Palace and went on weekend breaks in the south of France.

The tabloid reported on Friday that Ms. Gayet is suing Closer over the original report. Her lawyers are demanding 50,000 euros for invasion of privacy and another 4,000 euros in legal fees.

The president has said he would clarify his domestic situation before visiting Washington on February 11. Ms. Trierweiler would normally accompany him to the U.S.

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