Sarkozy Denies Desperate Text to Ex-Wife

Prez debunks report that he offered to dump Bruni for Cecilia
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2008 1:25 PM CST
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, and French first lady Cecilia Sarkozy smile at the Elysee Palace in Paris in this June 5, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – "If you come back, I'll call it all off," Nicolas Sarkozy said in a desperate text message to ex-wife Cecilia just 8 days before he married Carla Bruni—or so says a magazine website now being sued by the French president. But the magazine's editor has said he stands by the story, reports the BBC.

"I have my sources, I can confirm," says the editor of Le Nouvel Observateur. The lawsuit marks the latest in an unprecedented spate of presidential legal actions: Sarko and Bruni recently won a suit against Ryanair for using their picture without permission. Bruni was awarded $89,000 (much less than she sought), and Sarko received the symbolic sum of €1.