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Sarkozy's ex-wife Cecilia 'to promote women's rights in US'

world Updated: Feb 27, 2009 14:55 IST

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More than a year after her split with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, his ex-wife Cecilia has revealed that she would soon be moving to the United States to campaign against domestic violence and promote women's rights.

The former French First Lady, who once complained to police about "brutal exchanges" with Sarkozy before he became France's President, has set up the 'Cecilia Attias Foundation for Woman' with her new husband Richard Attias.

She told 'Gala' magazine that she was leaving Dubai, where her husband runs a successful public relations agency, as she wanted to "give everything" to her foundation, and her 11-year-old son with Sarkozy, Louis, had always "dreamed of living" in New York where "he has his friends".

"Richard will continue to work in Dubai, in the United States and elsewhere, but his little family will be based in New York," 'The Daily Telegraph' quoted Cecilia as telling the popular magazine.

In her interview, she has claimed that she plans to work as an independent lobbyist on behalf of the newly formed foundation and will fiercely campaign in the United States about the rights of women.

And, setting out its objectives, the foundation's publicity reads: "In 2009, the cause chosen by Cecilia Attias is the fight against domestic violence, a terrible plague that is unfortunately increasing rapidly."

In fact, flamboyant Sarkozy's "aggressive temper" has been a hot topic of discussion nowadays, with his wife Carla Bruni admitting last week: "A lot of people are scared of him, not just because of his position, but because of his temper."