February 2, 2008
France's Sarkozy marries Bruni at the Elysee
(WHO KNEW??!! We didn't until I logged into CNN and the news was posted just 12 minutes ago!!!!)
Crispian Balmer and Sudip Kar-Gupta, Reuters Published: 12 minutes ago PARIS (Reuters) -
French President Nicolas Sarkozy married supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni at the Elysee Palace on Saturday, just three months after they started dating, French officials and family said. The pair tied the knot at a low-key, civil ceremony conducted by the mayor of the Paris district that houses the president's grandiose official residence. "I married two voters ... who live at 55 Rue du Faubourg St Honore," Mayor Francois Lebel told Europe 1 radio, giving the official address of the Elysee. View Larger Image France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and his new girlfriend, Carla Bruni, walk together during a visit to the Giza pyramids in Cairo, December 30, 2007. Sarkozy married Bruni on Saturday at the Elysee Palace, French radio station RTL reported, quoting witnesses. REUTERS/Nasser Nuri "The bride was wearing white and was ravishing, as usual," he said, adding: "The bridegroom wasn't bad either." Another official told Reuters the wedding took place at 11 a.m. (5 a.m. EST) and Italian news agency ANSA quoted Bruni's mother, Marisa Borini, as confirming the event. Sarkozy's spokesman declined to comment. Sarkozy and Bruni indicated last month that they planned to marry after a whirlwind romance and made clear that it would be a private affair, far from the eyes of the press. Their relationship has been splashed across the media and Sarkozy's popularity ratings have plunged in recent weeks, with voters complaining that the president was focusing too much on his private life and not enough on the country's many problems, including rising prices and flagging consumer confidence. Now they are wed, Sarkozy might find it easier to manage the relationship because Bruni will become the first lady of France and will start traveling with him on his many overseas trips. HISTORICAL Lebel said the wedding took place in a room on the first floor of the Elysee Palace and lasted about 20 minutes. "There were around 20 people there, close family and a few friends," he said. The mayor said the last French head of state to marry while in office was Napoleon III in 1853. Sarkozy, 53, separated from his second wife Cecilia last October following an 11-year marriage and just five months after winning power. His colleagues said he was deeply upset by the divorce. However, friends say he started seeing 40-year-old Bruni the following month and they were photographed visiting Paris Disneyland together in December. They then spent the Christmas holidays together in Egypt and Jordon. Photos of the glamorous couple sparked a media backlash against Sarkozy, who was widely described as "president Bling Bling," obsessed by the rich and famous. One opposition leader dubbed him a modern-age Louis XIV, France's "Sun King." Their quickfire relationship also surprised many in his entourage. Bruni, 40, has been portrayed as a man-eater in the press and has previously been linked with rock stars Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, as well as U.S. businessman Donald Trump and French former Socialist Prime Minister Laurent Fabius. While she is a well-known leftist sympathizer, Sarkozy is a right-winger, viewed as a law and order hardliner.