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(CNN) – French President Francois Hollande and his partner Valerie Trierweiler are expected next month on a state visit to the United States at the invitation of President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. Their itinerary includes a February 11 state dinner at the White House.
But is it possible Hollande might bring another woman, actress Julie Gayet, with whom he is reportedly having an affair?
"I would come alone," said Washington Post contributor and legendary hostess Sally Quinn. "Then there's really not much of a story."
If Hollande arrives solo, the media will focus on his visit to the United States, adding maybe a short paragraph on his affair, says Quinn.
"If he brings one or the other, it's a huge story," said Quinn.
Hollande promised he would address the issue before his trip to the United States.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy also had issues when it came to his love life. When Sarkozy was wooing his now wife supermodel Carla Bruni in 2008, an editorial in a French paper criticized him for lavishing her with his time and attention, writing, "He forgot that he should have a romance with France and not with himself and his paramour."
Current French President Hollande and Trierweiler are long-term partners; they are not married.
"The whole French attitude about sex and extramarital affairs is completely different from ours," said Quinn.
For more of our interview with Sally Quinn, check out the video above.
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