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Juliette Binoche said ‘Non merci’ when Bill Clinton and Francois Mitterand tried to woo her

Juliette Binoche is the most glamorous, the highest paid and the best-loved actress in France. She is so revered that newspapers now simply refer to her by her surname.

Binoche has made the giant leap from being a sexy star of art-house cinema to big mainstream films like the English Patient, for which she won an Oscar, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Chocolat.

She rarely gives interviews and an obsessive desire to keep her private life under wraps has only served to add to her mystique. But to many people her love life is as varied, interesting and eclectic as her career.

She has never married, but has had four proposals – none of which she actually turned down.

‘I simply didn’t answer,’ she says. ‘It was always the wrong moment. It always came up when the relationship was already ending. That is never a good time to make things permanent.’

When the former French president Francois Mitterand invited her to dinner – she haughtily declined – it was because, he explained, he had dreamed of kissing her and wanted to make her his mistress. Nor was he the only head of state to be smitten. When Binoche was touring America, the notoriously priapic President Clinton invited her to meet him at the White house.

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