Sarkozy faces humiliation over film at Cannes festival
A biopic of Nicolas Sarkozy that charts his rise to power and the break-up of his marriage has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival, threatening to turn him into an international laughing stock.
'La Conquete' (The Conquest) will receive its world premiere at the French festival on May 18 after months of fevered speculation about its content. The drama charts Mr Sarkozy's victory in the 2007 election.
It also shows him fretting about his height and using colourful language to describe his enemies.
Yet it brings out a more sympathetic side of the French leader as he struggles to cope with the break-up of his marriage to Cecilia, his second wife. She left him for another man shortly after the presidential race.
Mr Sarkozy now faces a dilemma over his attendance at the festival. He had been expected to walk his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, down the red carpet at the premiere of her film, Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris', which opens the 10-day event.
Critics of Mr Sarkozy await the biopic's unveiling with glee, after a teasing trailer showed him proclaiming: "I am a Ferrari. You open the hood with white gloves on."
The premiere spells potential embarrassment for Mr Sarkozy and could dent his attempt for a second presidential term.
Pierre Charon, Mr Sarkozy's former press adviser, said: "What we have seen, we do not like at all."
The French leader is played by Denis Podalydes, a well-known classical actor who dons a luxuriant wig for the role. (© Daily Telegraph, London)