Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni

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Based on exclusive interviews with France's First Lady and others of the French elite close to her and the President, the true and previously untold story of Europe's most glamorous couple A gripping and dramatic tale of modern romance played out in the public eye, this is a modern fairytale with no damsel in distress, but rather, equally heroic partners. Nicolas Sarkozy was elected President of France with a broken heart. Shortly after he took office, his second wife, Cecelia, left him for another man. After weeks of brooding alone by night in the Presidential Palace, he asked a friend to arrange a dinner party, and former supermodel turned chart-topping singer/songwriter Carla Bruni was on the guest list. Though her former suitors included Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Prime Minister Laurent Fabius, and billionaire Donald Trump, she had never found her heart's true desire: a man with, as she put it, "nuclear power"—and Sarkozy had his finger on the button. The two flirted all night, and within a few short months, the President of France had a new fiancée. This is the story of how they met, fell instantly in love, and married, to the amazement of the world's press.


Valerie Benaim is a French television host. Yves Azeroual is the author of Mitterand, Israel and the Jews, and On Faith and the Republic, and the editor of La Tribune Juive, France's Jewish newspaper.