Hollande withdraws tabloid threat

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iol news pic France President's Sex Life~8 AP French President Francois Hollande arrives to deliver his speech at his annual news conference, Tuesday, Jan.14, 2014 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The French president's complex personal life � and what it means to be the first lady in modern society � may get a full airing as Hollande answers questions for the first time since a tabloid reported he was having an affair with an actress. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday he had decided against taking legal action against the magazine that published revelations of his alleged affair with an actress.

Last week, Hollande had threatened to sue Closer weekly under France's tough privacy laws but he told a press conference he had decide to “hold back” because he did not want to be accused of “double standards.”

“I am protected by my (presidential) immunity, meaning I cannot take someone to court. Can I then take someone else to court,” he asked, calling it a “question of principle.”


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