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French president François Hollande's alleged lover wins nomination for ripped-from-the-headlines comedy Quai d'Orsay

Julie Gayet to sue French magazine Closer over Hollande affair claims

Art appears to be imitating life at the César awards, where French actor Julie Gayet, the star of one political farce, finds herself nominated for her role in another. The alleged lover of president François Hollande is shortlisted as best supporting actress for her performance in Quai d'Orsay, a screwball comedy about a vain French politician.

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, Quai d'Orsay goes behind the scenes at the French foreign ministry, where harassed government staffers have their hands full attending to the whims of their preening, gnomic boss. Gayet co-stars as a vampish policy adviser on Africa who will reportedly stop at nothing to gain an advantage over her rivals. She is joined on the shortlist by Marisa Borini, Françoise Fabian, Adèle Haenel and Géraldine Pailhas. »

- Xan Brooks

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