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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