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Sarkozy's ex-wife to wed in New York today

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife is to marry her Moroccan-born lover at New York's glitzy Rainbow Room, according to a programme of the celebrations seen by AFP.

world Updated: Mar 23, 2008 11:22 IST

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife is to marry her Moroccan-born lover at New York's glitzy Rainbow Room, according to a programme of the celebrations seen by AFP.

Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz and Richard Attias, a multi-millionaire events organizer, were to tie the knot at a black tie ceremony at 0330 IST on Sunday attended by 150 guests, many of whom flew in from Europe for the nuptials.

The 65th-floor Rainbow Room is one of the best-known establishments in New York. Part of the Art Deco Rockefeller Center dating from the 1930s, it features chandeliers, a revolving dance floor and views across Manhattan.

According to the program, the ceremony was to be followed by cocktails and dinner at the Manhattan venue described by New York Magazine as "one place true New Yorkers expect never to visit" and catering for "easy-to-impress tourists."

Details surrounding the wedding had been shrouded in secrecy. Rumors had suggested the couple would hold a Jewish ceremony at a New York synagogue today, but there was no mention of any religious ceremony on the programme.

Guests of the couple kicked off three days of celebrations on Friday with a party at Attias's Connecticut home. Yesterday, they were treated to dinner at an upmarket 1920s steakhouse just off Broadway.

They were later due to take in the ABBA-themed Broadway show "Mamma Mia!"

According to reports, guests have been told not to bring cameras or phones with cameras, to protect the couple's privacy.