The French president Nicolas Sarkozy is spending Christmas abroad with the new love of his life. He and Carla Bruni, a former model and singer, have jetted off to Egypt for the festive break, just the two of them, and hundreds of paparazzi.
They will spend the next few days in Luxor before Sarkozy’s official meeting with President Mubarak this coming weekend.
“It’s a bit shocking because he’s only just split up with his wife,” said one French tourist.
“Well if he’s happy and she’s happy and they’re not just doing it for the publicity” was another woman’s
But there has certainly been no effort made to hide from the cameras as casual, and not even chic, was the order of the day.
The private lives of French politicians have generally been just that. But, as President, Sarkozy has broken the mould.