Interior minister, indeed.  --  According to the Nov. 16 number of Le Canard enchaîné, the events referred to in this brief comment occurred on Nov. 9, 2005, when France's state of emergency had just been declared and one would have thought the interior minister of France would have had other, more pressing matters than the publication of a biography about an estranged wife.  --  But then, the estranged wife was his own, and Nicolas Sarkozy also has a presidential campaign to consider.  --  The book in question was written by Valérie Domain, a reporter for Gala....

[Translated from Le Monde (Paris)]



By Eric Fottorino

Le Monde (Paris)
November 17, 2005 -- 3:24 p.m.

Éditions First announced that a book would be released on Nov. 24.  A biography of the woman who didn't want to become France's first lady.  Cécilia Sarkozy, entre le cœur et la raison ('Cécilia Sarkozy, Betwixt Heart and Reason'), you could already tell a lot from the title.  Convoked by the interior minister [He is none other than Nicolas Sarkozy, the husband left behind by Cécilia Sarkozy.  --Trans. note], the publisher has had to pulp the 25,000 copies printed.  The planned media campaign has misfired.  That's what happens to putative firebrands in a France that is trying to put out fires.  Including those of former ministerial couples.

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