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‘Sarkozy wants to marry ex-model’

PARIS, France (CNN) — New opinion polls show the French public is tired of speculation surrounding President Nicolas Sarkozy’s private life after a newspaper claimed he is about to marry ex-supermodel Carla Bruni.

The French weekly paper Le Journal Du Dimanche reported Sunday the French leader is planning to wed Bruni on February 8 or 9 and has already given her an heart-shaped diamond engagement ring.

A spokesman for the presidential palace told CNN they were offering no comment on the reports, which quoted unnamed sources.

The spokesman also refused to comment on media reports that Sarkozy would answer questions on his private life during his first presidential press conference of the New Year set for Tuesday.

Speculation about the French leader and Bruni has been rife ever since the two were photographed together during a day trip to Disneyland Paris last month.

However, opinion polls suggest the French public is growing weary of the intense media focus on the private life of Sarkozy — who only divorced his previous wife, Cecilia, in October.

French media published photos of Sarkozy with Bruni, a former supermodel turned singer whose previous boyfriends include Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, in Petra, Jordan over the weekend.

A survey conducted for the French daily newspaper Liberation found 63 percent of those questioned believed Sarkozy was too ready to put his private life on public display.

The same poll showed 54 percent approval ratings, a two point drop in support for the French leader since December. A separate poll for Le Parisien newspaper showed a seven point drop in support since last month, with only 48 percent of voters backing him.

Sarkozy’s 11-year marriage to Cecilia ended in October by mutual consent. The couple was dogged by persistent rumors of infidelities following a highly public separation in 2005.
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January 7, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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