French President Francois Hollande announced Saturday his separation from his longtime partner, first lady Valerie Trierweiler.

The head of state announced his decision two weeks after he revealed at a seminar that he is in a relationship with actress Julie Gayet, this time by means of a statement to the France Presse news agency.

Hollande said his is putting "an end to the life I shared with Valerie Trierweiler" and that he is making the announcement "at a personal level," after French media waited hours in vain for a formal statement from the Presidency.

Hollande called this a matter that affects his "private life" and said "I am letting it be known that I have put an end to the life I shared with Valerie Trierweiler."

Expectations grew throughout the morning when several digital media said that Hollande planned to announce his separation on Saturday, but the Elysee Palace refused throughout the day to give any information.

The online edition of Le Journal du Dimanche said the couple took the decision to separate during a lunch they had on Thursday, saying that the two chose to "finish with married life." EFE