French First Lady heading to India on Sunday

French First Lady heading to India on Sunday

French First Lady heading to India on Sunday

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is going on Sunday to India in support of a charity effort, an aide said, after a week-long stay in hospital following revelations that her partner Francois Hollande is having an affair with an actress.

Trierweiler "is going to Mumbai," said the aide, adding that the two-day trip was organised by relief organisation Action Against Hunger.

The aid group had invited Trierweiler in her official capacity, but following revelations of Hollande's affair with 41-year-old French actress Julie Gayet, it is unclear if she is travelling as first lady.

Trierweiler remains holed up in a presidential residence in Versailles outside Paris after leaving hospital last Saturday where she was treated for a bout of "tiredness" brought on by the press reports.

Yesterday, Frederique Giffard, a lawyer for 48-year-old Trierweiler, said her client wanted a "clarification" to the tangled situation.

But Trierweiler, in a furious reaction soon after, said Giffard was speaking without her permission and added that she was no longer her lawyer.

Hollande had promised in a mid-January news conference that he would publicly define what relationship he and Trierweiler are in before going on a February 11 state visit to Washington.

The 59-year-old leader has so far made no official comment on whether France still has a first lady. 

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