French press breaks taboos over Sarko's love life

11th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 11 (AFP - French interior minister and ruling party chief Nicolas Sarkozy, whose wife left him recently for an advertising executive, has started a romantic liaison with a journalist from the conservative daily Le Figaro, a French newspaper reported Tuesday.

PARIS, Oct 11 (AFP - French interior minister and ruling party chief Nicolas Sarkozy, whose wife left him recently for an advertising executive, has started a romantic liaison with a journalist from the conservative daily Le Figaro, a French newspaper reported Tuesday.

Anne Fulda was in charge of covering Sarkozy's work as head of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), but a month ago she moved to a different post on the newspaper to avoid a conflict of interests, France-Soir said.

The affair has been an open secret in journalistic and political circles for several weeks, the newspaper said, and photographs are expected to be published soon showing the couple shopping in central Paris.

Sarkozy is considered a leading contender in presidential elections scheduled for 2007.

Sarkozy's private life became the object of intense media interest in May when he confirmed on television that he and his wife of eight years, Cecilia, were having marital difficulties.

Last month Paris-Match magazine printed pictures of Cecilia with her new partner, Richard Attias, and recent newspaper reports suggest that a divorce is being planned.

The French press normally keeps a respectful distance from the romantic secrets of public figures, and has broken new ground with its coverage of the Sarkozy break-up.

Newspapers justified the change on the grounds that the minister was earlier happy to use his family as a career asset, frequently posing with Cecilia and their son Louis for magazine features.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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