Frederique Giffard, lawyer of Valerie Trierweiler, French president's partner, prepares before the start of the trial of French television journalists Christophe Jakubyszyn and Alix Bouilhaguet (unseen), on March 20, 2013 at the Paris' courthouse, after Valerie Trierweiler suied them for defamation and invasion of privacy, seeking 85,000 euros ($110,000) in damages and court costs, for their book of 'La Frondeuse' (The Rebel). As the trial opened today, it emerged that Hollande sent a letter -- but not on paper with the presidential letterhead -- to the court denying an assertion in the book that he had reached out to the right in the mid-1990s. There was no official reaction from Hollande, but a source close to the president said he was in no way trying to influence the court and was simply providing testimony in the case. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE
Valerie Trierweiler, partner of Francois Hollande, smiles at a reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Presidential Palace on February 14, 2013 in New Delhi, India. French President Francois Hollande arrived in India on Thursday for a two-day trip, his first to Asia since becoming President last year and hopes to build the way for important trade contracts.
Empress Farah Pahlavi, President of Amnesty International France Genevieve Garrigos and Journalist Valerie Trierweiler attend the '20th Amnesty International France' : Gala at Theatre des Champs-Elysees on July 2, 2014 in Paris, France.
French first lady Valerie Trierweiler attends a meeting with African first ladies about violence against women in Africa at Orsay Museum on December 6, 2013 in Paris, France. The meeting dubbed 'The Mobilisation against sexual violence towards women in conflict' attended by the first ladies of African nations, held alongside the Summit for Peace and Security in Africa.