Sarkozys' $1,100 takeaway hard to swallow
AS France struggles through an extended period of economic stagnation, it appears that austerity is the last thing on the mind of the country's former president.
Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy are reported to have spent $1,100 (€838) on takeaway food from an Italian restaurant while in New York at the weekend.
Mr Sarkozy was in Manhattan to give a speech to bankers from the Brazilian bank BTG Pactual when he, his wife and seven others visited Amaranth restaurant in the city's Upper East Side on Sunday night.
After a meal washed down with French red and Italian white wine, Mr Sarkozy's group are said to have then placed an extravagant takeaway order to eat while they flew back to Europe on their private jet. The order included four pizzas made to the specifications of Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy.
The former singer and model asked for the pizzas to be made with a crispy crust and soft cheese. The restaurant's owner then cycled to her other restaurant, more than a mile away, to pick up the pizzas and take them back to the group. (© Daily Telegraph, London)