Segolene Royal Breaks 25-Year Relationship over Infidelity

World | June 18, 2007, Monday // 00:00
Segolene Royal Breaks 25-Year Relationship over Infidelity French presidential candidate Segolene Royal announced she is to break up with her life partner over his infidelity. Photo by

Segolene Royal, France's Socialist presidential candidate, who lost out to Nicolas Sarkozy last month, has broken up with her life partner after a 25-year-long relationship.

Royal said the reason for the parting was the infidelity of her partner , Socialist leader Francois Hollande.

Further details will be revealed in Royal's autobiography, which is to be published this week.

"I asked him to leave our home to continue pursuing his love interests and wished him happiness," Royal said in a statement on Monday.

The couple has four children.

Hollande confirmed the news, but was adamant that the high-profile split would have no major political consequences and re-iterating that he would stay on as party leader until the next party congress, scheduled for the fall of 2008.

But with Royal asserting her ambition to challenge for the party hot-seat, the two are likely to clash then, or even earlier if the Socialists decide to call an early congress.

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