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French president's companion Julie Gayet appears for the first time at official ceremony

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, French actress and producer Julie Gayet poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Comoara (Treasure), at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. In her first appearance at an official ceremony in the presence of her partner President Francois Hollande, Gayet was invited Thursday June 18, 2015 to accompany her grandfather, Alain Gayet at a ceremony of commemoration of Charles de Gaulle’s Appeal of June 18 at the Mont Valerien memorial west of Paris (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, French actress and producer Julie Gayet poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Comoara (Treasure), at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. In her first appearance at an official ceremony in the presence of her partner President Francois Hollande, Gayet was invited Thursday June 18, 2015 to accompany her grandfather, Alain Gayet at a ceremony of commemoration of Charles de Gaulle’s Appeal of June 18 at the Mont Valerien memorial west of Paris (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

French president Francois Hollande's companion, actress Julie Gayet, has made her first appearance at an official ceremony in the presence of her partner.

Gayet was invited Thursday to accompany her grandfather, Alain Gayet, a 92-year-old French Resistance hero, to a ceremony commemorating Charles de Gaulle's appeal of June 18, 1940, at the Mont Valerien memorial west of Paris. In his famous appeal, De Gaulle exhorted the French to resist the German occupation.

Gayet arrived with her grandfather and did not appear by Hollande's side. She listened to his speech in the area reserved for important guests.

Following his tumultuous breakup with Valerie Trierweiler in January 2014 amid reports that he was having an affair with Gayet, Hollande had made a point of keeping his love life private.