Jan. 26 - France's former first lady Valerie Trierweiler arrived in India to support the fight against child malnutrition, her first public appearance after an affair scandal that led to her separation from President Francois Hollande. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) France's former first lady Valerie Trierweiler arrived in Mumbai on Sunday night to support fight against child malnutrition, her first public appearance post a scandal that led to her separation from President Francois Hollande, after reports of his affair with an actress went viral across world media. Trierweiler was greeted at the airport by a chaotic press scrub before she was whisked away in a car. Her charity trip to India is aimed at working to help children fight malnutrition and hunger in the country where she seeks to fulfill her humanitarian commitments. French President Francois Hollande announced his separation from Trierweiler on Saturday following a media storm over allegations he is having an affair with an actress. Hollande sought to put an end to turbulence that began two weeks ago when celebrity magazine Closer published a report that he was having an affair with film actress and Socialist Party supporter Julie Gayet. Announcing the separation, Hollande said he was speaking as an individual and not as head of state since it concerned his private life. Trierweiler, a 48-year-old arts columnist for weekly magazine Paris Match, was not married to Hollande but they had been together since 2006. She assumed the role of first lady at official functions following his election in May 2012, and like her predecessors, maintained an office with a budget of roughly 20,000 euros per month. She has been a particularly unpopular first lady, according to a BVA poll. Some 8 percent of respondents had a favorable view of her, compared to 28 percent for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the ex-model and pop star wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, and 46 percent for Bernadette Chirac, wife of Jacques Chirac.