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French President Francois Hollande splits from First Lady

By John Lichfield

French President Francois Hollande, the man who never married, is a bachelor again.

After ending his seven-year partnership with Valerie Trierweiler on Saturday, the president plans to have no more live-in lovers at the Elysee palace for the remaining 40 months of his presidency.

Friends assume that his relationship with the actress Julie Gayet (41) will continue but that she will remain in her own apartment with her two teenage sons.

It has emerged that Ms Trierweiler (48) has negotiated a financial settlement with Mr Hollande which is believed to include a "gagging clause".

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