PARIS: French President Francois Hollande vowed on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to deal with the fallout from his affair with an actress in private, defiantly batting away questions over the future of Valerie Trierweiler. Looking stiff and stressed at a packed press conference, the Socialist leader admitted the couple were going through “painful moments” and indicated that the status of his long-term girlfriend would be clarified before a scheduled trip to the United States next month. Trierweiler, France’s de facto First Lady, has been invited to accompany Hollande on an official visit including an overnight stay at the White House. She has been in hospital since Friday with stress linked to last week’s revelation that Hollande, 59, has been having a secret liaison with Julie Gayet, 41. Asked directly if Trierweiler was still France’s First Lady, Hollande insisted on the troubled couple’s right to privacy.