French actress Julie Gayet has filed a legal complaint for breach of privacy following online reports suggesting she is romancing President Francois Hollande.

Gossip on and other websites about an affair with the unmarried politician have upset the Select Hotel star, and now she's seeking legal support.

A statement from her lawyer reads, "The actress Julie Gayet has instructed my chambers to take legal action over the rumour, widely disseminated on the Internet, suggesting, with no foundation, that she has a romantic relationship with the President of the republic."

Hollande has been dating journalist Valerie Trierweiler for several years.