Sarkozy's dad tells of sex with his nanny at age 11
WIPED out in regional elections and facing rumours of adultery, Nicolas Sarkozy is scrambling to prop up his flagging presidency.
So the last thing he needed was for his father to pop up with a warts-and-all memoir detailing his flamboyant past in toe-curling detail.
In 'Tant de Vie' ('So Much Life'), Pal Sarkozy (81) recounts years of womanising, including a sexual encounter with a nanny at the age of 11.
The Hungarian aristocrat, who fled Communism after the war, details an addiction to adultery which continued during the years of his marriage to the French president's mother, Andree.
Mr Sarkozy Snr paints himself as a Don Juan figure who "gave free rein to my affairs as if they were never important" before he abandoned Andree with their three sons when Nicolas was five.
The workaholic advertising designer "would every now and again let my weariness slide onto the body of women, pretty girls within reach of my desire", he said in extracts released yesterday.
He said he was powerless to stop, like an alcoholic. "One needs courage to renounce one's addictions," he wrote. "I never had that strength; I don't think I even wanted to."
He admits that he held it against Andree, his first of four wives, for already being "a woman" when they first made love. He goes on to recount his first sexual encounter, aged 11, when his "nurse" read him a bedtime story.
"I innocently asked the nurse to lie down next to me as if to give me a big cuddle while whispering the story. She obeyed. I slipped my clumsy but hurried hand under her skirt while she, unperturbed, continued reading," wrote the president's father. After "finding peace with my body, my desire (briefly) appeased", she rearranged her dress, kissed him on the forehead and bade him goodnight.
"From then on, I would ask for my nurse and stories every night."
Biographers have portrayed President Sarkozy as harbouring a grudge against his father, who once told him: "With the name you carry and the results you obtain, you will never succeed in France."
They say Nicolas developed an obsessive hatred of the man who refused to provide more than a pittance to help his deserted family.
Pal writes that he was not as miserly as the biographers suggest and claims never to have abandoned his children "physically or financially". © Daily Telegraph, London