French first lady making progress in hospital

JAMEY KEATEN
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FILE - In this Jan.7, 2012 file photo, French actress Julie Gayet poses at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala, in Palm Springs, Calif. French President Francois Hollande is threatening legal action over magazine report saying on Friday Jan.10, 2014 that he is having a secret affair with the French actress. Rumors have long circulated that Hollande might have a lover. The magazine Closer published images Friday showing his bodyguard and a helmeted man it says is Hollande visiting what it says is the apartment of the actress. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

PARIS (AP) — France's first lady is making progress in a hospital, where she has been receiving care following a gossip magazine's report that President Francois Hollande was having a secret affair with an actress.

Valerie Trierweiler was hospitalized Jan. 9 for rest after Closer magazine reported about Hollande's alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet. It says he sneaked into an apartment near the presidential palace to meet her.

Trierweiler spokesman Patrice Biancone told The Associated Press by phone Thursday that the first lady was progressing, saying six days of rest "counts, after all."

Earlier, a Closer representative said Gayet had filed a lawsuit against the magazine for alleged invasion of privacy.

Hollande has expressed "indignation" about the report, but stopped short of saying whether he'd sue.