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Carla Bruni ‘taunted Rachida Dati over seduction of Nicolas Sarkozy’
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the French first lady, taunted one of the country’s most senior women politicians about her failure to seduce President Nicolas Sarkozy, a new book claims.
The 40-year-old model and singer pointed at a double bed in the Elysée Palace and – turning to justice minister Rachida Dati, who is 42 and single – said: “You’d have loved to occupy it, wouldn’t you?” The scene is reounted in Carla and Nicolas – The True Story, which charts the couple’s 80-day romance which culminated in marriage in February.
What makes the book, by respected journalists Yves Azéroual and Valérie Benaïm, so remarkable is that Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy is quoted throughout. It is the first time that a French first lady has discussed her life with the president in intimate detail – something likely to shock many in France, a conservative country which has some of the strictest privacy laws in the world.
Twice-divorced Mr Sarkozy, 53, met his latest wife at a Paris dinner party last November. It was frequently rumoured that he enjoyed a close relationship with Miss Dati.
Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, whose past lovers include Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, resented Miss Dati’s friendship with the president, the book claims. Following a New Year’s Eve dinner at the Elysée, Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy and Miss Dati were walking in the palace’s private apartments when the then Miss Bruni is said to have pointed at Mr Sarkozy’s bed and said: “You’d have loved to occupy it, wouldn’t you?”
The book says the women “who were just getting to know each other, were also learning how to detest each other”. Miss Dati was a close friend of Mr Sarkozy’s ex-wife, Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz, who called her “my little sister” – making the new Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy dislike her even more.
Miss Ciganer-Albéniz, who has since married Richard Attias, an events planner, has made some claims of her own about the women in her former husband’s life. In Cécilia, a book by the French journalist Anna Biton, Miss Ciganer-Albéniz called the president’s female friends a “bunch of slappers” and young female government ministers “boring wallflowers”.
She also branded Mr Sarkozy a “stingy philanderer” with a “behavioural problem” who is an “unworthy president” of France. Recalling her first meeting with Mr Sarkozy – who is some almost five inches smaller than his statuesque first lady – Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy says: “I didn’t expect him to be that funny, and so lively.”
The dinner party was the home of public relations Jacques Séguéla, with Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy saying: “When I arrived, I realised that it was a blind date. “There were three couples and the two of us, two single people. It was love at first sight.”
She adds: “His physique, his charm, and his intelligence have all seduced me. He has five or six brains and is remarkably clever.
“I’ve never dated a half-wit before, it’s not my style. But him; he’s very, very quick. And he’s got an incredible memory.”
In words which will also infuriate many in France, Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy underplays her official role – saying she would much rather concentrate on her musical career.
She says: “I have no intention of changing my job. I have a function, but it’s not a job. A function like mine is not a job, I inherited it with my marriage.” Commenting on the president’s workload, Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy says: “I’m often scared for him. It’s unimaginable how much work he does so I try to help him to look after himself.”
Referring to the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus, a king punished by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill for eternity only to watch it roll down again, Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy said Mr Sarkozy is: “Like all of us, a bit like Sisyphus, he likes to push the rock. But he’s made of stern stuff. Three rays of sunshine and he finds life magnificent.”
On Wednesday both the Elysée Palace and Ministry of Justice in Paris said they had no comment to make about the love lives of senior ministers, let alone the president. But government sources pointed to extracts in the book in which the frosty relationship between Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy and Miss Dati is played down.
It points out that Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, a multi-millionaire in her own right, helped Miss Dati during her campaign to become mayor of Paris’s VIIth arrondissement. Referring to Miss Dati, Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy says: “I see her frequently, she makes me smile a lot. The rumours must come from claims that she’s a friend of the ex-wife of my husband.
“But there’s no hostility between us.
“I sent her the two addresses of friends so she could have meetings in their apartments during the municipal campaign.”
Making it clear that her official role has made concerts impossible, Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy said: “All that has changed is that I can’t tour. At least not while my husband is president of the Republic. It’s something I’ll have to get used to.”
Photo: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy during the British state visit of President Nicholas Sarkozy of France, left, and Rachida Dati, the French justice minister