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Sarkozy: Relationship is serious

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  • French president Nicolas Sarkozy says relationship with Carla Bruni "serious"
  • Sarkozy divorced his wife Cecilia in October
  • French newspaper claimed Sarkozy would wed former supermodel next month
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PARIS, France (CNN) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday that his relationship with former supermodel Carla Bruni is a "serious matter," but he would not reveal a date for their wedding.

Carla Bruni, right, and Nicolas Sarkozy, carrying Bruni's son Aurelien Enthoven, tour Petra, Jordan, on Saturday.

Referring to his relationship with Bruni, Sarkozy said, "It's a serious matter, but the date won't be fixed today. It is serious. You will find out when it happens."

Sarkozy spoke at a news conference two days after a French newspaper reported the couple planned to marry in February.

Of marriage to Bruni, Sarkozy revealed, "I've thought a lot about this."

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. The two toured Jordan over the weekend and spent the Christmas holiday together in Egypt.

Sarkozy divorced his wife of 11 years, Cecilia, in October. The couple had been dogged by persistent rumors of infidelities on both sides and said the divorce was by "mutual consent."

The divorce, Sarkozy said, "wasn't the happiest period of my life."

The president laughed at being asked about his relationship at all, noting the French media rarely touched on the private lives of his predecessors, while his love life is front-page news.

"With Carla, we decided not to lie," Sarkozy said. "We didn't want to hide."

The French weekly paper Le Journal Du Dimanche reported Sunday, quoting unnamed sources, that Sarkozy plans to wed Bruni on Feb. 8 or 9 and has already given her a heart-shaped diamond engagement ring.

Despite the fierce media focus on Sarkozy's private life, opinion polls suggest the French public is growing weary of story. 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.

Bruni is a former supermodel turned singer whose previous boyfriends include Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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