France’s flamboyant, diminutive President and his younger pop star wife are allegedly both having affairs – according to some of France’s most reputable webzines.
The rumours first began on Twitter, but have since gathered a head of steam on more mainstream media sites.
Now the country is buzzing with speculation about the possibility of two dangerous liaisons at the heart of the French political system.
The news first broke when it was tweeted that the glamourous Carla Bruni – Sarkozy’s wife of a mere two years – had fallen head over heels in love with the French musician Benjamin Biolay.
The webzine suchablog.com later suggested Bruni and Biolay had built a love nest together at a flat in Paris.
But that romantic bombshell was quickly followed by another allegation of equal magnitude, after it was reported that Nicolas Sarkozy was enjoying a relationship with his dynamic Ecology Minister, Chantal Jouanno.
Mr Sarkozy has refused to confirm or deny the cyberspace gossip about his bit on the side, who is also a karate champion.
The rumours though are now widespread, which many analysts in Paris believe gives them some credibility.
However some corners are suggesting that news of Sarkozy’s affair is simply an attempt by the French president to save face.
Toby Young, in his blog for the Daily Telegraph, believes that the fling with Jouanno was dreamt up by a PR man, especially as the French president was left by his second wife for another man.
He claims: “Sarkozy the swordsman cuts a more appealing figure than Sarkozy the cuckold.”
Sarkozy and Bruni were married in February 2008.
The pair had met just three months earlier at a dinner party in the French capital, shortly after Sarko split from his second wife Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz.
The romance between a vertically challenged French politician and a beautiful, tall Italian musician has always been thought of as an incongruous match.
But the tit-for-tat cheating allegations are the first reports of a crisis in their short marriage.
Source: Skynews online, March 10, 2010