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French president's lawyer denounces rumors

 Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, listens to Captain Virginie Guyot, right, while siting in a jet of the Frenc...
 Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy reacts during performance of the French aerobatic squadron "Patrouille de France", ...
 Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, sits in a jet of the French aerobatic squadron "Patrouille de France", during an e...

APTOPIX FRANCE BRUNI SARKOZY

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, listens to Captain Virginie Guyot, right, while siting in a jet of the Frenc...

FRANCE BRUNI SARKOZY

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy reacts during performance of the French aerobatic squadron "Patrouille de France", ...

FRANCE BRUNI SARKOZY

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, sits in a jet of the French aerobatic squadron "Patrouille de France", during an e...

The lawyer for President Nicolas Sarkozy argued Monday that Internet rumors involving the president and first lady might have been aimed at taking down the glamorous couple.
Thierry Herzog said reports of "liaisons" were "totally unfounded," marking an unusual public statement on last month's rumors posted by a French blog that Sarkozy, and his wife, top model Carla Bruni, had been unfaithful. The couple have not commented.
"Tonight, I cannot exclude a plot or that some people, for personal or financial interests ... wanted to try to destabilize the president of the Republic and his wife," Herzog said in an interview with RTL radio.
British newspapers picked up the stories, though the mainstream French press largely shied away _ except to comment on the flurry of reports in the U.K.
Sarkozy's whirlwind romance and marriage in February 2008 to Bruni has been closely watched. It is his third marriage and she, in her younger years, famously dismissed monogamy as untenable.
As the rumors swirled, the couple portrayed themselves as closely united, with lots of hand-holding, during a trip last week to the United States that included a private dinner with the Obamas at the White House.
A top presidential aide who helped advise the first lady after her marriage to Sarkozy also denounced what he said was a "disgrace" that would be revealed.
"We want to get to the bottom of this so that it doesn't happen again," the Web site of the newsweekly Le Nouvel Observateur quoted Pierre Charon as saying Monday.
Herzog also confirmed reports that a legal complaint has been filed by the owner of the weekly paper whose blog carried the first rumors. The reported filing of a complaint by Hachette Filipacchi Medias, which owns Le Journal du Dimanche, opened the way for an inquiry.
The probe will try to establish "whether those creating rumors for these blogs did it for themselves or whether they were manipulated (by those) who might want to destabilize the life of the Sarkozy couple," Herzog said.
Le Nouvel Observateur quoted lawyers for Hachette Filipacchi saying its complaint was filed March 25 for the "fraudulous introduction of information in a computer system."
The complaint was filed against "X," a common practice in France that targets no one in particular and enables a wide investigation.


Updated : 2021-04-23 05:47 GMT+08:00