French president meets with pope amid sex scandal
By Natalie O'NeillNew York Post
January 24, 2014 | 10:09pm
It’s a good thing the pope doesn’t judge.
France’s horndog President François Hollande met Pope Francis on Friday amid a scandal over Hollande’s affair with an actress behind the first lady’s back. Francis gave Hollande a warm handshake, then quickly ushered him to a private study at the Vatican after the pol showed up in a motorcade surrounded by papal Swiss Guards.
The two-timing Frenchman held an awkward press conference about Africa, Syria and the environment. He posed for a photo with the pope and gave him a copy of St. Francis of Assisi’s autobiography.
The meeting came less than a day after the pope revealed plans to visit the United States next year, according the National Catholic Reporter. Francis wants to attend the World Meeting of Families, a prayer ceremony in Philadelphia, in September 2015, the paper reports.
Valerie Trierweiler, Hollande’s jilted first lady and longtime partner, has travel plans of her own. She is set to fly to Mumbai, India, on Sunday for a meeting about fighting hunger.
And Julie Gayet, Hollande’s mistress, is now suing Closer, the magazine that exposed the affair, for breach of privacy. She’s seeking 50,000 euros.