Sarkozy reveals names of US holiday hosts

19th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 18, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy may stir up further controversy over his links with the rich and powerful with revelations about his stay in a luxury villa while on holiday in the United States.

PARIS, Aug 18, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy may stir up further controversy over his links with the rich and powerful with revelations about his stay in a luxury villa while on holiday in the United States.

The villa on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire "was rented by our friends, the Crombacks and Agostinellis, who invited us to stay with our children," the French newspaper Le Monde cited Sarkozy as saying in its Sunday/Monday edition.

Agnes Cromback is the president of jewellers Tiffany-France, while Mathilde Agostinelli runs the communications department of fashion house Prada-France and is a friend of Sarkozy's wife Cecilia Sarkozy. Roberto Agostinelli, Mathilde's husband, used to work for investment bank Lazard.

Media reports say the villa rents for around 22,000 euros (29,500 dollars) a week.
 
Members of the opposition Socialist Party had been calling on Sarkozy to disclose who was covering the cost of his holiday, with MP Arnaud Montebourg saying that the head of state should not be "dependent on billionaires."

In May after being elected, Sarkozy drew criticism for holidaying off the Mediterranean island of Malta on a luxury yacht owned by French industrialist and media mogul Vincent Bollore.

Sarkozy was due to return to France on Sunday after two weeks in the US which included a meeting with President George W. Bush at his family holiday home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

AFP

Subject: French news

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