I'm so sorry you are here, Dan. It's a huge shock to the system. Thankfully you found this site. It's the best club you never wanted to join or even knew existed.
I attempted suicide, Dan. As far as I know I've never been depressed. It was after about 2 days of no sleep and total disorientation. I failed, obviously. It was a completely spur of the moment decision. Had I planned it I would have succeeded. I'm so glad I failed. I have so much life to live, children and grandchildren that would have been adversely affected.
I beg you to find the suicide hot line number and keep it with you. Use it. I beg you to get counselling. As far as I can remember, I didn't have a reoccurrence of thought that way but I did think that I would welcome a natural death. My doctor told me there was a medical name for that which I promptly forgot.
Stay away from alcohol. It's a depressant and can confound your despair. Please ask for help.
How did you find out about your WW's adultery? How did they just happen to meet and reconnect in France? Something very fishy about that. Seems prearranged to me with the little information given.
I found out about my XWW's 4 year LTA (long term adultery) in the 36th year of our marriage (DDay1). I desperately wanted to try to reconcile. I don't know if I would have been able to but I gave her plenty of time to step up to the plate. I think, in the end, I wouldn't have been able to reconcile and I wasted a lot of time trying.
We separated in the 40th year of our marriage when I filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized in the 43rd year of marriage.
While it wasn't as late into your marriage as your situation it was a long marriage and we were living the dream which she contributed to and helped make happen. Hard to figure.
If this has been going on for two years, she's not confused, infatuated, or anything other than just plain gone.
This is from Foley, just above. This is truth. This isn't a one time slip. This is a thought out, deliberate, deceitful long term adultery (LTA). She has lied and lied and lied. Her heart belongs to someone else not with you. I've read that the first love (first girlfriend/first boyfriend) connections are frequent. High school reunions provide the reconnections. She's telling the truth, finally, that she does not intend to end the adultery. She has test driven him and likes the ride.
You can't wish her back. You can't nice her back. Don't try. It will be like smashing your head into a brick wall time and time again hoping it will quit hurting. It will be an exercise in futility. I know this from personal experience.
My advise is to immediately see a doctor. You may need a sleep aid. I did. Get tested for STD's. Your WW should but she won't in her state of mind.
See a lawyer or two or three about what a divorce would look like in the jurisdiction you live in. I recommend you file and have her served immediately. If the xboyfriend/ now boyfriend is married or has a significant other inform them immediately without telling your WW.
Filing and having her served may shake her up enough and she'll realize what she's risking. There may be an opportunity to try to reconcile. Some can reconcile from LTA's. I couldn't but it's up to you.
Stay on this site. You can talk it out with a whole lot of betrayed people here how want to get you out of adultery and will support you, challenge you and offer suggestions.
I'm so sorry about your situation. It's not an unusual story. Your WW is a plain old garden variety cheating adulterer. There's nothing new under the sun.