Sarko Kicks Back on Moguls' Dime

Families with ties to French Tiffany & Prada paid $60K for two weeks at US lakeside estate

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 19, 2007 8:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – Caving in to media pressure, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has revealed that his recent  luxurious vacation in the US was paid for by deep-pocket pals. The $60,000 two-week rent on a lakeside estate near Boston was covered by Agnès Cromback, the head of Tiffany-France, and financier Roberto Agostinelli, whose wife, Mathilde, runs public relations for Prada.

Sarkozy has not only come under fire for the vacation subsidy, but for his chummy meeting with President Bush at the Kennebunkport compound while he was away. The French prefer that US relations remain as they are, not any closer, according to a recent poll.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, third right, talks on a phone at a lakefront estate owned by former Microsoft Corp. executive Michael Appe, while on vacation in Wolfeboro, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, third right, talks on a phone at a lakefront estate owned by former Microsoft Corp. executive Michael Appe, while on vacation in Wolfeboro, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007....   (Associated Press)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy points to a boat with news while vacationing on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. Sarkozy was objecting to being photographed while on vacation. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy points to a boat with news while vacationing on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. Sarkozy was objecting to being photographed while on vacation....   (Associated Press)
President Bush, left, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, wave while on a boat ride Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, off Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
President Bush, left, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, wave while on a boat ride Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, off Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)   (Associated Press)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, standing right, enjoys a lakefront estate owned by former Microsoft Corp. executive, Michael Appe, while on vacation in Wolfeboro, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, standing right, enjoys a lakefront estate owned by former Microsoft Corp. executive, Michael Appe, while on vacation in Wolfeboro, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Lisa...   (Associated Press)
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