Nicolas Sarkozy back with estranged wife: report

11th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 11, 2006 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, whose ambition to one day become president has put him under the media spotlight, is reunited with his estranged wife Cecilia, a close friend and MP told Le Parisien newspaper Wednesday.

PARIS, Jan 11, 2006 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, whose ambition to one day become president has put him under the media spotlight, is reunited with his estranged wife Cecilia, a close friend and MP told Le Parisien newspaper Wednesday.

Patrick Balkany, a member of the ruling UMP party that Sarkozy heads, said: "I confirm it. Cecilia is well and truly back at Place Beauvau," the address of Sarkozy's official residence and offices.

Sarkozy's staff refused to make any comment when questioned by AFP.

Balkany said Cecilia Sarkozy returned to Paris from New York on January 2, thus ending a seven-month conjugal split.

"Everything is still fragile" between the spouses, who have been married nine years and have a son, Balkany said, adding that he and his wife dined with the Sarkozys at their residence last Wednesday.

"Nothing will ever quite be like it was before and I don't imagine that Cecilia will resume her political functions right away."

The ups-and-downs of Nicolas Sarkozy's marital life have been of great interest to the French public, ever since his wife entered the media spotlight. The two graced the covers of several magazines in posed photographs.

When things started to go sour last May, Sarkozy at first acknowledged his conjugal "difficulties" on national television, but then invoked France's tough invasion-of-privacy laws to stifle further media commentary.

Last year, he launched lawsuits against AFP and France-Soir newspaper for revealing his relationship with a female journalist.

He also stepped in, at his wife's request, to pressure a publishing executive to cancel a book about Cecilia Sarkozy that included passages about their problems.

Sarkozy, 50, has said he hopes to succeed President Jacques Chirac in 2007 elections. Recent polls all put him as one of the leading potential frontrunners, along with Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

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Subject: French news

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