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A French paparazzo has claimed that President Barack Obama and pop star Beyonce Knowles had an affair. It sounds completely ludicrous, but the story was even reported by le Figaro, one of the country’s largest newspapers.
The story was started by Pascal Rostain, who claimed during a radio interview that the story would be reported by the Washington Post today, Gawker noted. “I can assure you that the world will be talking about it,” Rostain said.
Le Figaro called Rotain a “trickster,” but the paper did note that he is occasionally correct.
In this case, though, he is obviously wrong. Poynter asked Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti about it, but he said it’s “completely untrue.”
Obama did have Beyonce perform the National Anthem at his second Inauguration last year, but the president appears to be happily married to First Lady Michelle Obama.
France’s own president, Francois Hollande, is currently involved in a real affair scandal, as he split from French First Lady Valérie Trierweiler after being seen with actress Julie Gayet.
Hollande and Obama wrote a joint op-ed for the Post today called “France and the U.S. enjoy a renewed alliance.”
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