Saturday, October 13, 2007

President of France divorcing

PARIS - The president's wife has gone missing. And the question of the day in France on Friday was: Has she gone for good?

Cecilia Sarkozy didn't vote for her husband, Nicolas, in May; she didn't accompany him to lunch with the Bushes in Maine last summer; and the woman at Sarkozy's side at a celebratory dinner after France's victory in the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup a week ago? Not his wife, but one of her closest friends.

The chic former model, in fact, has done nothing official since Bastille Day in July. And this weekend, she is reportedly at a $1,000-night-spa in Geneva while he's in Paris rooting for France in the rugby semifinals.

On Friday, a journalist for the newspaper L'Est Republican, citing sources close to the presidential palace, reported that the couple were getting divorced - something the rest of the media have hinted but not quite said for weeks. "Where has Cecilia Gone?" Le Parisien asked last week.

The French are a tolerant people. Their presidents have had mistresses and even fathered illegitimate children and life went on. But divorce? How ... conventional. How ... bourgeois. How ... unconventional, actually.

But Christine Clerc, a French "first marriage" expert and author, said the French are ready to accept an Elysee Palace divorce. "In fact, it's the first time we can see it like this - with our very own eyes," he said Friday. "Before, the private lives of presidents were all hidden and many things were forbidden to be even discussed. Now we say, "The first lady is gone."

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Could American accepts a divorced president? Does Malaysian Prime Minister have a right to divorce?


  1. I think Malaysian Prime minister has the right to divorce.

    Sultan of Brunei divorced his 2nd wife after he found out she had a boyfriend :).

    I think if Americans can accept a divorced president, our divorce rate is one of the highest in the world but he or she might not get as many support from the pro-family and conservative voters, I think.

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  3. Hmm, I hadn't heard they were divorcing yet, how interesting.

    What's funny though is that the article is from my favorite newspaper!!

  4. Anonymous10:52 PM

    i seriously think there's no problem with divorce or stuff like that. those are their personal issues. as long as those things don interfere with the country's issues, i think it's ok.

    furthermore, sometimes, the other half is the one causing the problem. no point blaming the president or PM for not being able to handle his or her private life well.

  5. I think anybody has the right to divorce, regardsless of what their position is. It is a personal issue.

    If being divorce or married does not affect the person's ability to perform his/her duties, then it shouldn't matter.