Sarkozy's ex-wife to go to court over tell-all book

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Nicolas Sarkozy's former wife Cecilia said she is taking legal action ahead of the release of a book

   PARIS, January 10, 2008 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy's former wife
Cecilia said Wednesday she is taking legal action ahead of the release of a
book in which she describes her ex-husband in unflattering terms.
   "Cecilia Sarkozy has asked her lawyers to launch any necessary action to
ensure that her rights are protected with regard to the remarks that are
attributed to her" in the book, said a statement from the former first lady
sent to AFP.
   Excerpts of "Cecilia", written by journalist Anne Bitton, were published in
Le Nouvel Observateur weekly on Wednesday.
   Cecilia was quoted as describing the president in harsh terms, attacking
his personality, his aides and his ministers.
   The former first lady did not specify whether she was seeking to block the
release of the book, scheduled for later this week.
   Bitton told AFP that she was "very surprised and regretted" Cecilia's
decision to go to court over the book, published by Flammarion.
   "The book is based on the long relationship that we have developed over the
years as part of my journalistic work," said Bitton.
   In October, Sarkozy became the first French president to divorce while in
office when he ended his stormy 11-year marriage to Cecilia, with whom he has
a 10-year-old son, Louis.
   He also has two sons, Pierre, 22, and Jean, 21, from a previous marriage to
Marie-Dominique Culioli.
   Sarkozy told a news conference on Tuesday that his romance with Italian
ex-model turned pop singer Carla Bruni was "serious" and suggested the couple
would soon marry.

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