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French ex-ministers sue Paris-Match over love affair reports

Former culture minister Aurelie Filippetti and former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg, at the National Assembly in Paris, September 2012. Reuters/Jacky Naegelen

French former ministers Aurélie Filippetti and Arnaud Montebourg are suing Paris-Match for invasion of privacy for reporting they are romantically involved. The weekly's cover featured a photo of them apparently on a lovers' break in San Francisco.

Former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg and former culture minister Aurélie Filippetti, apparently posing for a selfie, made the cover of Paris-Match's issue published on Thursday.

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"After the reshuffle, the two former ministers chose California for a romantic getaway," said the weekly on its website.

The two politicians did not comment about the alleged affair but have filed a suit against Paris-Match for invasion of privacy, although their lawyer, Vincent Tolédano said they are opposed to celebrity culture in public life.

The pair cannot expect much financially from the suit, lawyer Béatrice Dupuy told Le Nouvel Observateur online, but their action will add to debate over the private lives of public figures in the French media, once a journalistic taboo in France but now more and more common.

Last week François Hollande's ex-partner Valérie Trierweiler's book exposing the president's private life made the front pages of the French newspapers.

Actress Julie Gayet has won two case against Closer magazine for publishing photographs as part of its revelation of her affair with Hollande.