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French president threatens legal action over report on love life

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Sept. 3, 2013 - FILE photo of French president Francois Hollande and his companion Valerie Trierweiler at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. Hollande is threatening legal action over a magazine report saying he is having a secret affair with a French actress.AP

French President Francois Hollande is threatening legal action over a magazine report saying he is having a secret affair with a French actress.

Hollande, in a statement obtained by The Associated Press, says he "deeply deplores the attacks on respect for privacy, to which each citizen has a right."

It says he is weighing possible action, including via the courts. He did not address the alleged affair.

Rumors have long circulated that Hollande might have a lover. The magazine Closer published images Friday showing a bodyguard and a helmeted man it says is Hollande visiting what Closer says is the actress' apartment.

Hollande has never married. He had four children with politician Segolene Royal, and has been living in recent years with journalist Valerie Trierweiler, considered France's first lady.