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Loved-up for the cameras and smooching with intent

Public displays of affection-- holding hands, the odd kiss etc -- have never held the ick factor for me. It's all a part of growing up, even if it's grown ups showing us how loved-up they are.

But there was something a wee bit staged about Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni's OTT show of togetherness last weekend following those extra-marital-affair rumours.

The couple had their arms wrapped around one another leaving a New York hotel, smiled for the cameras and then kissed and hugged as they enjoyed dinner at a restaurant opposite.

It was a tricky situation, particularly for Sarkozy's young son Louis who had to witness the smooching at the dinner table.

In fairness, the pair were in 'damned if they do and damned if they don't' territory. If they hadn't appeared cosy then the French president, who is on an official visit to New York and Washington, would have been hit with claims that his third marriage was on the rocks.

On the other hand, when celebrity couples who appear to be going through a sticky relationship patch execute such a blatant PDA on the foot of wild press rumours, then everyone becomes ultra-suspicious.

Throw in your father coming out in defence of your wife, describing how his son's eyes light up each time Carla walks into a room, then alarm bells go off in most of our little heads. The fact that Papa Sarkozy is busy trying to flog a book doesn't help the medicine go down either.

At the end of the day it's impossible to know how any couple really get on behind closed doors. Some people are together for comfort or convenience. Some because they are truly, madly, deeply loved-up while some even enjoy open relationships.

One thing that has to be said in favour of the Sarkozy-Bruni alliance -- so long as they stay married they'll never be bored or boring.

Who knows -- perhaps that's enough to beat the odds and the speculation.