Transcript for French President Francois Hollande Splits From First Lady
Now to the developments in the sex scandal rocking France. The president and his girlfriend called it quits after he was caught cheating with a much-younger actress. It is a couple of weeks before he is scheduled to attend a state dinner at the white house. Jeffrey has been watching the political soap opera unfold from London. Reporter: Good morning, soap app a it is. France's president is single. They were never officially married, but he is now officially on his own. He called her his companion. The French didn't care that Valerie wasn't married to president Francois Holland, but they cared that he had a mistress on the side. I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with Valerie after two weeks of tabloid headlines. It began when a French gossip magazine saw him hiding under a helmet with his rendezvous. He tried to say it was a private matter. And in France, affairs of state are expected. The president who died in 1996, his wife and misstres stood side by side at the grave. His illegitimate daughter stood with them. But this time it stayed in the headlines. Perhaps because Hollande campaigned on a pledge of exemplary behavior. On Friday, he met with the pope on his own. We don't know if they discussed personal affairs. And now he's traveling on his own to Washington for a rare official state visit. Of course, in Washington, a scandal like this can ruin a politician's career. This state dinner's going to get a lot more attention because of this and it's going to be on everybody's agenda. Reporter: Today she leaves for a long-planned trip to India. She will be traveling as a private citizen, and she will not return to the palace. A whole new life for her, Jeffrey. And last-minute seating chart scramble at the white house. It's reassuring that the scandals are not just in the United States. I couldn't fathom a scandal like that. Maybe who Bo the dog is dating. And back to bill, sports and
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