French actress Julie Gayet is suing bosses at Closer magazine for suggesting she had an affair with French President Francois Hollande.

Hollande and Gayet hit headlines last week (ends10Jan14) after editors at the magazine published an article linking the star to the politician, who is currently dating journalist Valerie Trierweiler.

He has not commented on the affair rumours, but has acknowledged the reports, stating, "These are painful moments. But I have a principle that private matters are dealt with in private."

Gayet has filed a $68,000 (Gbp42,500) lawsuit against bosses at the publication for alleged invasion of privacy, plus $5,440 (Gbp3,400) in legal fees.

Hollande and Trierweiler are scheduled to travel to the U.S. next month (Feb14) to meet with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.