French PM casts doubt over report of Sarkozy-Bruni marriage
Francois Fillon poured cold water over a report that President Nicolas Sarkozy had married former Italian supermodel Carla Bruni
PARIS, January 15, 2008 - French Prime Minister Francois Fillon on
Tuesday poured cold water over a report that President Nicolas Sarkozy had
married former Italian supermodel Carla Bruni at a private ceremony last week.
L'Est Republicain newspaper quoted an unnamed "source close to a witness
who attended the ceremony" as saying that the wedding was a "small, very
private" affair held at the Elysee palace on Thursday.
But the prime minister said Sarkozy's workload on Thursday would not have
allowed time for the president to attend his wedding.
Sarkozy hosted a Franco-Spanish summit and later met with military
personnel and war veterans to offer New Year's wishes.
"Frankly, it seems to me that the schedule on Thursday doesn't square with
your rumours," said Fillon. He said he knew nothing about the reported
Sarkozy, 52, told a news conference last week that his relationship with
40-year-old Bruni was "serious" and suggested he planned to marry the former
supermodel and pop singer.
In an interview to Italian public radio, Bruni's mother Marisa also cast
doubt about the report.
"I have no information, nor does her sister who called me yesterday and
said she had lunch with (Carla)," said Marisa Bruni.
"Everything's possible, but we are a very close family, and that would be
very strange," not to inform us, she added.
In October, Sarkozy became the first French president to divorce while in
office when he ended his stormy 11-year marriage to his second wife Cecilia
Sarkozy met Bruni in November and the couple have since travelled to Egypt
and Jordan on vacation together.