New film reveals the private side of France's most public couple
Published 11/11/2013 | 02:00
At the end of 'Campagne Intime', Farida Khelfa's fly-on-the-wall documentary about Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy, filmed during his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign and aired last week in France, the former president says he has "turned a page – there's no point in political comebacks; they screw you up".
"Don't be so definitive," counters his wife, giving the lie to countless interviews over the previous four years in which she protested that she didn't like her life as France's first lady, and would have preferred for her husband not to run again.
"No, I'm done. I'll go back to being a lawyer.
"I'll buy us a house," he replies.
At Paris dinner parties, the Sarkozys – love them or loathe them – are a welcome diversion from President Francois Hollande's seemingly inexorable fall from grace.
First among the many questions Ms Khelfa's documentary prompted are: "Did he mean it? Does he mean it still?"
The answers, generally, are "yes", and "no".
It was widely reported last month that Mr Sarkozy will indeed run for office again, but a definite answer to that question has yet to be given.