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Sarkozy names £50 million jet 'Carla'

It seems that French President Nicolas Sarkozy doesn't want to miss the First Lady even while he's flying without her -- the flamboyant leader has named his new 50-million-pound jet aircraft "Carla", after his wife.

world Updated: Jul 10, 2009 16:22 IST

It seems that French President Nicolas Sarkozy doesn't want to miss the First Lady even while he's flying without her -- the flamboyant leader has named his new £50 million jet aircraft 'Carla', after his wife.

The first, a hugely luxurious Dassault Falcon 7X jet with a range of 6,000 nautical miles, has now been delivered complete with the hand-painted 'Carla One' glistening on its side, The Daily Telegraph reported.

"She's a beautiful plane and of course officially named after the President's wife," a source at Villacoublay airbase near Paris, where the plane is currently stationed, was quoted as saying.

The Falcon comes with full leather seats and teak desks -- it is understood to be red, white and blue.

Jean Guisnel, and aviation expert for France's 'Le Point' magazine, said the model is decorated in the livery of all official French planes -- "sober and elegant".

The Sarkozys will also be getting a top-of-the-range Airbus A330-200 which is bigger than any other European leader's, but smaller than that of Barack Obama's Boeing 747-200, otherwise known as Air Force One.

The Airbus will be fitted with desks for Sarkozy and a secretary, a meeting room for 12 people and seating for 60 passengers, as well as a bedroom and a private bathroom.