Hollande refuses to take question on love life

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LONDON — French President Francois Hollande wants to talk about his country’s work with Britain on a new combat drone, a multibillion-pound deal which could see France help build new nuclear power plants in the UK, and thorny questions about his British counterpart David Cameron’s contentious relationship to the European Union.

Just don’t ask him about his love life.

Quizzed during a news conference at an English air base whether his reported philandering had turned France into an ‘‘international joke,’’ the 59-year-old French leader deadpanned.

‘‘I’m afraid I decline to answer,’’ he said.

British journalists had been looking forward to Hollande’s appearance, which comes less than a week after the French president officially ended his relationship with Valerie Trierweiler following a report that he was having an affair with glamorous actress Julie Gayet.

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