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French president Francois Hollande and actress Julie Gayet have been photographed together.Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet are seen together for the first time in photos published by a glossy magazine 10 months after reports of their love affair shook the French presidency.

Voici magazine splashed a picture on its cover of the president and the actress sitting at a table on a terrace of the Elysée Palace, his official residence in Paris.

"Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet… at the Elysee," the front cover reads. "The first photos!"

In January, another magazine revealed the 60-year-old president was cheating on his partner, Valerie Trierweiler, with the 42-year-old actress.

The revelation breached France's taboo over top public figures' private lives and caused great embarrassment to the embattled president, triggering a turbulent break-up with Trierweiler.

The scorned unofficial 'first lady' went on to write an explosive book, containing damaging revelations, including a passage where she took a political swipe at the Socialist leader claiming he hates the poor.

French media believed that Hollande and Gayet stopped seeing each other after scandal broke.

However Voici editor, Marion Alambert, has now claimed that Gayet is spending up to four nights a week and most weekends at the presidential palace.

"She has become the quasi-official first lady of France," she told RTL radio, denying a drone was used to snatch pictures of the two taken last month.

Earlier this month, similar claims were made by a third magazine, VSD, which published new pictures purportedly showing Gayet, leaving the presidential palace aboard a state-owned Ford Galaxy on 30 October.

In the accompanying piece titled 'It's started again', the magazine claimed that the pair regularly meet at the Elysée, where she often spends the night.

Gayet, a mother of two children, was last photographed with Hollande in 2011, during his presidential campaign.