AS HE begins his campaign to become prime minister of Italy again, Silvio Berlusconi (pictured) has a new woman on his arm – 50 years his junior.
Mr Berlusconi (76) is in a steady relationship with Francesca Pascale, who at 27 is nearly one-third his age.
Francesca was one of the founding members of a support group called 'Silvio, we miss you'. There had been rumours of the relationship for months; the pair was photographed recently while watching Mr Berlusconi's football team, AC Milan.
The romance was confirmed by Daniela Santanche, an MP in his People of Freedom party, as well as the press, with one Italian paper describing the 27-year-old as Italy's new 'first lady'.