French actress Julie Gayet has launched legal action over Internet rumours that she is the mistress of President Francois Hollande, her lawyer told AFP on Thursday.
Judicial sources said Gayet, a blonde 40-year-old who appeared in one of Hollande's 2012 election commercials, had filed a complaint relating to an alleged breach of her right to a private life with Paris prosecutors on March 18.
The move came after she was reported or implied by various bloggers and websites to have become close to the Socialist president.
Hollande, 58, lives with his girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler, a glamorous journalist for whom he left fellow Socialist politician Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children.
Hollande's office refused comment when contacted by AFP. And in a statement, Gayet's lawyer Vincent Toledano said there was no basis to the rumours.