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Monday, 04 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Paris

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and his girlfriend Carla Bruni were married at the Elysee palace Saturday, local district mayor Francois Lebel told Europe 1 radio.

Lebel said he had performed the ceremony, which came less than three months after the couple met in the wake of Sarkozy’s divorce from his second wife, Cecilia. Sarkozy, 53 earlier this week, divorced Cecilia in October after 11 years of marriage, and six months after taking over the French presidency.

Bruni, aged 40, is a singer and former model who has a son from a former relationship. Lebel said it was the first time in the history of the French republic that a president had married while in office. Bruni is a rich heiress of Italian origin who moved from a successful career as a supermodel in the 1990s to that of a ballad singer with a hit record.

The tall brunette has been romantically linked to a string of famous men including rock stars Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton as well as tycoon Donald Trump.

‘I am a tamer (of men), a cat, an Italian,’ she told Le Figaro magazine in February last year. ‘Monogamy bores me terribly.’ ‘I am monogamous from time to time but I prefer polygamy and polyandry (its female equivalent).’ Bruni reportedly met Sarkozy at a Paris dinner party organised by advertising magnate Jacques Seguela in November, one month after his divorce.

Photographs of the pair at the Disneyland theme park outside Paris were splashed in newspapers and magazines a month later, confirming Bruni as Sarkozy’s new ‘queen of hearts.’

The president told a press conference last month that his relationship with Bruni was serious and all but confirmed that he planned to marry her. Sarkozy has a 10-year-old son, Louis, from his marriage to Cecilia and two sons, Pierre, 22, and Jean, 21, from his first marriage to Marie-Dominique Culioli.

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