French President Nicolas Sarkozy has filed a criminal complaint against the website of the Left-wing weekly Le Nouvel Observateur for publishing an SMS he supposedly sent to his former wife a few days before his marriage to Carla Bruni, French media reported Friday.
The message to his former wife, Cecilia, read: "If you come back, I'll cancel everything." It was an allusion to his wedding with the former supermodel, which took place Feb 2. Sarkozy's divorce from Cecilia was announced in October.
According to Sarkozy's lawyer, Thierry Herzog, "The message is fake, an alteration of reality." Therefore, the president is charging the website with forgery, use of a forged document and possession of a forged document, offences liable to a sentence of up to three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros ($65,250).
According to the daily Le Figaro, this marks the first time a French head of state has filed criminal charges against a news organisation.
Earlier this month, a Paris court ruled in favour of a lawsuit brought by Sarkozy and Bruni against low-cost carrier Ryanair for using a photograph of the couple without their consent in a newspaper ad.