Bruni 'was target of plot' by former justice minister
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was the target of a plot by Rachida Dati, the former justice minister, to oust the French first lady from the Elysee Palace and to bring back President Nicolas Sarkozy's second wife, an official biography has claimed.
The book claims that Ms Bruni-Sarkozy received a police and security services file in March showing that Ms Dati and Sophie Douzal, the former wife of the president's younger brother, had conspired against her. It claims they were hoping to have her replaced by Cecilia Attias, whom Mr Sarkozy divorced in October 2007.
The claims are made in 'Carla and the Ambitious' by journalists Michael Darmon and Yves Derai. The book was released yesterday, the day after the release of another unauthorised biography.
Ms Dati, a former star of Mr Sarkozy's cabinet, was prepared to "stop at nothing to return to such dizzy heights". She and her fellow plotter then "hatched a plan more fitting of the tradition of salon scheming than of a modern political fight".
After perusing the police report, a furious Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy phoned Ms Attias.
The authors claim she told Ms Attias: "I have to inform you that two people with whom you are in contact are behaving in an unacceptable way. These people are your ex-sister-in-law Sophie and Rachida Dati. This is not my suspicions or idle gossip. I have a police file that you can see." (© Daily Telegraph, London)