Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 21 Posted (8 years 7 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
It seems France will soon be without it's "first Lady"...
Cécilia Sarkozy has basically disappeared from public life,does not intervene -as previously-in foreign politics any longer and seems to have vanished...
The initial media-hype regarding her escapades into Libya,Bulgaria and snubbing a grill-party with Bush ( she preferred shopping in the holiday resort instead ..) makes place for headlines announcing her departure from the "menage"..
The Spanish-born Cécilia has never made any secret about her dislike of politics and her status as "president's wife".
Seems the Hungarian-Spanish couple will go through another separation..
FlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7493 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
It is not a secret for anybody in the Paris "microcosm", that Cecila and Sarkozy are no more a "real" couple, and for a long time.
Even if France is not the US, Sarkozy needed a wife by his side during the presidential campaign and it is at that time that the "new deal" between the two was signed.
Just like Ségolène and F.Hollande announced their "divorce" after the election, it is now more than obvious that Cecilia is more than bored by this role of "First Lady" beside Sarko. Just look at her face during the "garden party" at the Elysee Palace and the feeling of disgust after Sarko give her a kiss and you will understand.
But After all, the French Elected Sarkozy for President, not Cecilia. The French need a President, not a "First Lady".
It is too bad that Politicians, still seem to believe they need to give an image of the perfect happy couple in their private life ...
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13842 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
While we vote for the politician, not their spouse, in many societies voters like to see their politicians be 'family' men, with a spouse. Voters are suspicious, although less than in the past, of unmarried or currently divorced or separated politicians. There is often the need for the highest level politicians to have a spouse who will be at their side at major appearances like dinners or can stand in for them to attend at functions to promote minor social issues. That is especially important with the USA's President and state Governors.
Of course the spouse could be a same gender partner now, or a male to a female politician, almost all female partners of a male politician will be University educated so things are going to change. We have seen female spouses of high level politicians be an asset to a politician, sometimes they can be a real pain, getting unwanted attention or causing hassles like in this case.
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
Quoting FlySSC (Reply 2): But After all, the French Elected Sarkozy for President, not Cecilia. The French need a President, not a "First Lady".
I tend to agree -but the case of Mr. Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa and Cécilia María Sara Isabel Ciganer-Albéniz is a little bit more complicated..
He clearly is going though some kind of Freudian trauma whenever the subject touches his (still) spouse.
In France no minister is currently authorized to be taken by photo with his /her spouse ! Nicolas is under strong emotional influence tied to the whereabouts of his wife and her demonstrative liberty to do what she wants.
She accepted to remain his wife after her departure for New York,where she lived another life with another person-so be it..
Nobody really cares about the private life or relational environment of politicians in France.But Nicolas is an extremely emotional person and should his spouses emotional extravaganzas harm his mood, we all in France will feel it sooner or later !
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 2221 times:
The issue with Cécilia is somewhat different than -say-Bernadete Chirac - who always accepted somehow to play the traditional role as "épouse du président"..
Cécilia has participated in the selection of key-staff in the cabinet.Rachida Dati (Justice Minister ) or the president's spokesman are her choices -among others. So either she gets involved in politics and HR issues and takes on that responsibility,or she doesn't and then she should not have gotten herself into such exposed situations.
Once you start making international state-travels ,negotiate with high-ranking politicians,try to sort out issues ,decide on people's fate - and all off a sudden you vanish in nature ????
I'm not against her playing that particular role - but she should fulfill it !
707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
Cecilia Sarkozy tries to have a public life and role as France's first lady, what happens ?
'Everybody' says it's not her role, she should remain in the background and not show herself, and hand back this credit card.
A few weeks later, she has enough of it, and does not show herself anymore, what happens ?
'Everybody' says she is fleeing from her public role, and that she is cheating on her husband.
So please, 'Everybody' give the lady a break, and come back when you've decide what the role of the spouse of a president is.
As for the 'cheating on her husband part', well... who cares ?
MadameConcorde From Monaco, joined Feb 2007, 11330 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
The well informed are saying that Cecilia S. has "escaped" with writer Marc Levy.
At one time she had "escaped" with businessman Richard Attias.
I am not a fan of either Nicolas or Cecilia Sarkozy.
Whether or not they are together makes no difference for me.
Bernadette Chirac is an old fashioned conservative. She comes from a high end aristocratic family. Her maiden name was Chaudron de Courcel. She is truly brilliant intellectually. She obtained far better grades in the E.N.A. than her husband Jacques Chirac. The school is where they met and then married.
I do not think Cecilia Sarkozy has such a brilliant academic background.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde