French Prez & First Lady to Split

Cécilia Sarkozy reported living in Switzerland
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2007 4:46 AM CDT
Then new French President Nicolas Sarkozy kisses his wife Cecilia at the Elysee Palace in Paris, in this May 16, 2007 file photo during the taking office ceremony. Persistent rumors of an impending split...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his controversial first lady are on the brink of divorce, according to French media. Cécilia Sarkozy will not accompany her husband on a state visit to Morocco, and some reports say the fiercely independent 49-year-old former model is already living in Switzerland. She hasn't made an official appearance with her husband since July.

The pair have been married 11 years and have a son, 10, but were separated for a period in 2005 when Madame Sarkozy was spending time with an American ad executive. "I have no comment to make on this issue," said a presidential spokesman. One newspaper said a divorce is imminent and "the only question is how the Élysée will make the announcement."