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France Swears In Hollande

Nicolas Sarkozy has left the building

(Newser) - France today installed Socialist Francois Hollande as its new president for the next five years, replacing conservative Nicolas Sarkozy with a mandate to ease up on the austerity measures with which Europe has fought its economic crisis. Hollande, the first Socialist to have access to France's nuke codes in... More »

France Bloomin' Mad Over Brukozy's Daily $1K Fleur Tab

(Newser) - French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy just loves her fleurs and she's often photographed arranging blooms in the Elysée Palace. Problem is, the flowers are costing French taxpayers $1,100 a day, and they want the spending nipped in the bud. The blooming bills were revealed in the first state... More »

Bruni: Michelle Could Give Me Pointers

France's first lady brings rare mix to Elysée Palace

(Newser) - Michelle Obama just moved into the White House, but America’s first lady could teach a few things to her more veteran French counterpart, confesses Carla Bruni in Vogue. “I fell into my husband’s life from another world,” explains the model-turned-singer, who's been the French first lady... More »

Obama Hits Paris

Candidate holds meeting, press conference with 'pal' Sarkozy

(Newser) - Barack Obama has arrived in Paris, where the candidate is holding talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy before a joint news conference. Sarkozy rushed back from a summit in the southwest of France to meet Obama at the presidential palace, reports AP. The two first met in 2006 when Sarkozy... More »

Sarkozy, Bruni Wed (Finally)

Whirlwind romance culminates in Elysee Palace ceremony

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy has finally made an honest woman out of his supermodel-cum-singer girlfriend, Reuters says. The French president married Carla Bruni, 40, today at the Elysee Palace in a hush-hush ceremony atypical for the usually public couple. The mayor of a Paris district who officiated the nuptials said the bride... More »

French Prez & First Lady to Split

Cécilia Sarkozy reported living in Switzerland

(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... More »

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