More than two years after their hallowed marriage, rumours are doing the rounds in France that President Nicolas Sarkozy and First Lady Carla Bruni are both cheating on each other.
While the 55-year-old flamboyant President is said to be romancing his 40-year-old Ecology Minister, also a karate champion, his 43-year-old wife is rumoured to be involved with Benjamin Biolay, a mop-haired pop star six years her junior.
In fact, the suggestion that the First Couple are both having affairs first emerged on microblogging website Twitter, and was followed by a media report in the Sunday newspaper le Journal du Dimanche, the British media reported.
The newspaper wrote: “It’s the gossip of the moment that could become the story of the year. A romance is said to have started a few weeks ago between the First Lady of France and music award winner Benjamin Biolay.
“The rumour started on Twitter and is now on blogs and websites everywhere. It says the presidential marriage is breathing its last breaths. Bruni is in love with Benjamin Biolay and the President has found solace with Jouanno.”
Even French web magazine suchablog.Com alleged that Bruni had been a close friend of Biolay for many years and was now unofficially living with him at his flat in Paris.
Sarkozy and Bruni wed in February 2008, three months after meeting in November 2007. Both have had affairs in past relationships.
The former Italian supermodel-turned-singer once said that she is “easily bored by monogamy” and her previous lovers include Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Donald Trump.
The French President is reported to have had an affair with Cecilia Ciganer-Albaniz, who eventually became his second wife, while still married to his first wife, Marie-Dominique Culioli, the mother of his two elder sons.
Sarkozy’s spokesman at Elysee Palace in Paris said that he had “absolutely no comment” to make on the rumours.