Cecilia Sarkozy

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Cop Spied on Sarko's Lovers to 'Smear' Him

'Obsessed' intel chief detailed officials' drug habits, sexual exploits

(Newser) - Tawdry revelations from the diaries of a former intelligence chief are proving yet again that no one does scandal like the French: Authorities are accusing Yves Bertrand of spying on Nicolas Sarkozy’s wives and lovers to smear him before he became president and keep Jacques Chirac in power. Bertrand... More »

In City of Light, Bruni a Bright Bulb Indeed

From model to wife of French president Sarkozy, VF profiles multi-faceted Carla

(Newser) - Who could have imagined that Italian supermodel-singer Carla Bruni would find love with a right-wing French president? Maureen Orth takes a look at France’s First Lady in Vanity Fair: her education in art and architecture, admiration of women's-libbers Simone de Beauvoir and Françoise Sagan, and her husband's reaction... More »

Nude Photo of Sarkozy's Wife Up for Auction

Ex-supermodel's B&W image expected to fetch at least $3K

(Newser) - A black-and-white photograph of Carla Bruni will go up for sale at an auction next month, Reuters reports. Christie’s expects the portrait of Nicolas Sarkozy's bride to attract a final bid of $3,000 to $4,000, and the auction house's announcement of the sale on the... More »

Sarko's Ex-Wife Ties Knot in New York City

Marries on-off beau in glitzy wedding at the Rainbow Room

(Newser) - Just six months ago she was France's first lady, but last night the ex-wife formerly known as Cecilia Sarkozy became the new wife of her on-again, off-again beau Richard Attias in New York's legendary Rainbow Room, reports the AP. The glitzy affair capped three days of parties and came just... More »

Cécilia Sarkozy to Marry Lover in New York

France's ex-first lady copies ex-hubby in race down the aisle

(Newser) - Weeks after Nicolas Sarkozy married former model Carla Bruni at the French presidential palace, his ex-wife Cécilia will marry her one-time lover Richard Attias, reports the Telegraph. The former first lady's marriage to the Moroccon-born events manager was confirmed by the fashion house Versace, which announced it would be... More »

Bruni Sorry for Nazi Outburst

First lady compared website editors to collaborationists

(Newser) - France's first lady of less than 2 weeks has already had her first run-in with the media, after incautiously comparing a gossip website with Nazi collaborators, reports the Independent. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy yesterday apologized for an interview in which she denounced a website that printed a dubious item about her new... More »

Sarkozy Denies Desperate Text to Ex-Wife

Prez debunks report that he offered to dump Bruni for Cecilia

(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... 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 »

Bruni May Have What It Takes to Be First Lady

Wealthy, intelligent beauty not so different from Sarko's ex

(Newser) - Former supermodel Carla Bruni may be catching some flack from critics who think she's distracting Nicolas Sarkozy from leading France, but those who would dismiss her as just a model don't have the whole story, writes the New York Times. The award-winning singer is intelligent, cultured—and strikingly similar to... More »

Baby Sarko on Way? Rumor Mill's Abuzz

Gossip mongers say Carli is pregnant

(Newser) - Bloggers and tabloids in Europe are buzzing with rumors that French President Nicolas Sarkozy's fiancee is pregnant. According to the gossip mill, that's why he and Carli Bruni are getting hitched in February, a scant few months after launching their much ballyhooed love affair. A French website first reported the... More »

Cécilia Sarkozy Loses Bid to Block Tell-All

Ex-first lady calls president 'undignified,' 'stingy' 'womanizer'

(Newser) - A Paris civil court has refused to issue an injunction for Cécilia Sarkozy to block the publication of a new biography, reports the AFP. The tell-all quotes the ex-first lady as calling Nicolas Sarkozy a "sauteur"—a vulgar French word for a womanizer—and charging the "... More »

Sarko Secretly Hospitalized After Divorce

French prez rushed to military clinic a day after Le Split, says new book

(Newser) - In the latest Sarko plotline, a new book reveals that the French president was hospitalized the day after announcing his divorce from wife Cécilia—and that sick and depressed, he called her from the hospital and she rushed to his bedside. The Daily Mail reports that Nicolas Sarkozy was... More »

Wedding Bells for Sarko, Bruni?

Recent jewelry-trading reported, but French prez has no comment

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy and very new girlfriend Carla Bruni may soon tie the knot, gushes French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, citing decidedly anonymous sources. Sarkozy reportedly gave the Italian supermodel/songstress a heart-shaped pink diamond ring and plans to wed her on February 8 or 9, writes the AP. Presidential spokesmen... More »

Candidates' Mates Have Us Running

From trophy wives to Slick Willie, spouses factor more than ever

(Newser) - One has a life-threatening illness. One broke up her husband's earlier marriage. Several are more charismatic, and more beloved, than their mates. Never before have candidates' spouses played such an important and unpredictable role in a presidential election, writes Emily Yoffe in the Washington Post—whether they're assets, like the... More »

Sarko in Snit Walks Out on '60 Minutes' Interview

Lashes out at 'stupid' questions on divorce

(Newser) - In a "60 Minutes" interview aired last night, surly French President Nicolas Sarkozy called his press secretary an "imbecile," dismissed the interview as "stupid," and abruptly ended the conversation when asked about his estranged wife, Cécilia, Reuters reports. "If I had something to... More »

Cecilia Who? Sarko Plays Field

Newly separated French prez unlikely to stay lonely

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy's new bachelor status has the French abuzz about how swingin' their prez will be. The freshly divorced head of state has been spotted lunching with an ex-Bond girl, flirting with a well-known playwright, and carrying a letter reading “I haven’t seen you for an eternity and... More »

Cecilia Chats About the End of Her Marriage

French first lady admits affair, says she wanted out of public eye

(Newser) - Cecilia Sarkozy told L'Est Republicain today that although she had "tried everything" to avoid divorce, her relationship with the French president wouldn't work. "France elected a man, not a couple," she said. Mme. Sarkozy confessed for the first time publicly that she fell in love with another... More »

Sarkozy, Wife Confirm Split

First couple confirms split as transit strike grinds France to halt

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy's office confirmed that he and his indomitable wife Cecilia are separating even as transit strikers railing against his economic reforms have idled France—handing the bombastic French president a bad day, indeed. The 1-2 punch ends months of speculation about the collapse of the 11-year marriage, and provides... 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 »

Is Cécilia Breaking His Heart—Encore?

Sarko's mercurial wife skips out on visit to freed Bulgarian nurses

(Newser) - The Bulgarian government honored French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Cécilia, for their recent efforts in helping to free five Bulgarian nurses held in Libya. But the president attended the ceremony alone. Despite weeks of planning, the first lady backed out. She hasn't made an official appearance since... More »

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