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."