France's former first lady Valerie Trierweiler tried to shrug off the furore over her split from President Francois Hollande on a trip to India yesterday, telling a media scrum she was feeling "very good".
In her first public appearance since the weekend announcement of the separation, Trierweiler appeared relaxed as a pack of journalists followed her every step of a trip to Mumbai that saw her visit a hospital and a slum.
"I'm feeling very good about being here," the 48-year-old told a press conference where she declined to answer questions about her private life.
Trierweiler insisted she would only discuss her work promoting French charity Action Against Hunger which has organised her two-day trip to the Indian financial capital.
She flew in from Paris late on Sunday and will later attend a fund-raising gala dinner at the five-star Taj Mahal Palace hotel, sponsored by champagne brand Moet & Chandon among others.
As patients looked on with bemusement at the media circus that shadowed her to the hospital, Trierweiler said she had found the sight of premature babies "very moving" and promised to continue to highlight malnutrition.