Wedding Over, Time for Sarko to Woo French

Disgruntled voters look for newlywed prez to get back to work
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2008 10:10 AM CST
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, and his new wife, former Italian model Carla Bruni, second left, walk in the park of the Chateau de Versailles, near the Lanterne, an official residence in Versailles,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The French breathed a collective sigh of relief after Nicolas Sarkozy's weekend wedding, hoping it allows the lovestruck president to move beyond the whirlwind romance that made his work suffer and his approval ratings plummet. But as Sarkozy goes back to work, the possible extent of his damage control remains to be seen, reports the Times of London.

Marriage does solve the international protocol problems that arose when Sarkozy and Carla Bruni traveled as an unmarried couple. But a lot hinges on the new first lady's conduct and on the French media. "Even the President’s friends were alarmed to see his private life eclipse his political work," one newspaper opined. The honeymoon, at least with the public, is definitely over.