Toronto Star

French newspaper rings wedding bells for Sarkozy, Bruni

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PARIS— French President Nicolas Sarkozy could marry Italian singer and former model Carla Bruni early next month, a French newspaper reported yesterday, quoting unidentifi­ed sources. In a report widely picked up on French radio and television, the Journal du Dimanche said Sarkozy had given Bruni a diamond engagement ring and received a watch from the exclusive Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe in exchange.

“They are getting married! Feb. 9?” the newspaper said in a frontpage headline over a photograph of Sarkozy and Bruni, both in sunglasses, visiting the ancient site of Petra in Jordan at the weekend.

It said a wedding date had been set for Friday, Feb. 8 or more probably Saturday, Feb. 9.

Sarkozy’s office declined to comment.

The report coincided with the release of an opinion poll in the daily Le Parisien, showing a seven-point drop in Sarkozy’s approval ratings, mainly because of concern over the economy but in part also because his private life.

Stephane Rozes, head of the CSA polling institute, which carried out the survey, told Le Parisien that older voters in particular appeared to have been turned off by coverage of Sarkozy’s private life.

“The heavy media exposure of the president’s personal life, affecting the function of the president, clearly offends traditiona­l sections of government supporters,” the pollster said. Reuters

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