Cécilia Sarkozy Loses Bid to Block Tell-All

Ex-first lady calls president 'undignified,' 'stingy' 'womanizer'
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2008 10:08 AM CST
Cecilia Sarkozy, left, and her husband Nicolas Sarkozy, who was French interior minister at the time, walk on the beach in Arcachon, southwestern France, in this, Aug. 5, 2006 file photo. Sarkozy and...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Paris civil court has refused to issue an injunction for Cécilia Sarkozy to block the publication of a new biography, reports the AFP. The tell-all quotes the ex-first lady as calling Nicolas Sarkozy a "sauteur"—a vulgar French word for a womanizer—and charging the "undignified" bachelor president with partaking in "karaoke parties until four in the morning."

Even more damning is Cécilia Sarkozy's depiction of their marriage: she calls him "a man who loves no one, not even his children." The former Mme. Sarkozy sought the injunction on the grounds that the book invaded her privacy, not because the quotations were inaccurate. But a judge ruled today that, because the book is already on sale and several magazines have published excerpts, a ban would be unjustifiable.