Friday 22 September 2017

Sarkozy digging deeper hole in hunt for culprit

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni have robustly denied rumours of marital infidelities
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni have robustly denied rumours of marital infidelities

Henry Samuel in Paris

It's a farce straight out of Moliere -- with a few twists even he might have rejected as too far-fetched. What started with vague rumours of marital infidelities involving the French president and his pop star wife has snowballed into a political mess, involving inquiries by the police and intelligence services, the banishment of advisers, the smearing of a former justice minister -- and, of course, dastardly plots by Anglo-Saxon financiers.

Welcome to "Le Chateau", as the Elysee Palace is now known to French satirists. It is home to Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni and their cadre of highly influential -- and occasionally hysterically ineffectual -- advisers.

The story began with those online rumours, which appeared on Twitter shortly before the regional elections in which Sarkozy and his centre-Right UMP party suffered a drubbing. They claimed that the president's wife was having an affair with a fellow pop singer, while Mr Sarkozy had sought consolation in the arms of a married junior minister (and karate champion).

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