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Paparazzo Par Excellence: Meet The Man Who Exposed Francois Hollande

Sebastien Valiela, who caught the French leader sneaking to see his mistress, is among the world's best paparazzi. He'd already exposed the deepest secret of another French President.

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Michel Guerrin

PARIS — In a Parisian café a year ago, over croissants, 42-year-old Sébastien Valiela told us about his achievements as a paparazzo. He wasn’t boastful, but after two coffees, he said, “If someone manages to photograph François Hollande and Julie Gayet together, it will be a huge coup. But who would dare to publish it?”

Twelve months later, he pulled off this “huge coup” when the French tabloid Closer, whichspecializes in salacious stories, published the now-infamous Jan. 10 story and accompanying photos about President Hollande’s affair with the French actress. The images show two men, one of them Hollande, arriving on a scooter to meet Gayet. Then, a blond woman enters the building.

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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