France

Hollande Meets the Pope

Visit comes amid reports of the French president having an affair

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — French President Francois Hollande met Friday with Pope Francis amid tensions in his private life over a gossip magazine's report about an alleged affair with an actress.

Hollande didn't mention the scandal or the first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, in brief remarks to reporters afterward. He didn't take questions, nixing a planned press conference in favor of a statement about the issues discussed with Francis: Africa, Syria, refugees and the environment.

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