A French magazine, Closer, published exclusive photos last week showing a man it alleged to be French president Francois Hollande arriving at the apartment of actress Julie Gayet by scooter. The man's face was obscured by the helmet he was wearing, but the magazine said he could be positively identified as France's socialist president by the shoes he was wearing.
Hollande, who is unmarried but is in a long-term relationship, has not denied the affair allegations. While the French public seems just tepidly interested in the scandal, the French press has been having a field day. Has the scandal done irreparable harm to the Hollande presidency? How would it derailed his plans to get the lackluster French economy back on track?
Craig Copetas, Correspondent-at-Large at Quartz, digitally native news outlet launched by Atlantic Media. He is based in Paris, France.