To be with another woman, that is French. To be caught, that is American.
-Inspector Andre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 1988
Somebody obviously didn’t tell French President Nicholas Sarkozy. Back in 2007, shortly after being elected, he dumped the wife that had stood faithfully by him through the entire electoral process. It shouldn’t be surprising that he quickly hooked up with French-Italian supermodel Carla Bruni. Bruni went from being the hot model and pop singer to being the overly glamorous first lady of France.
Now, just a few years later, it looks like President Sarkozy is preparing to move on to greener pastures, specifically with Chantal Jouanno, cabinet member and karate champ.
Contrary to Inspector Andre’s bold statement, Sarkozy’s flippant love life has been anything but undercover. With all of these intimate details, you’ve got to wonder how he runs a country.
Now–unlike many Americans–I’m not anti-French. I actually really like the French. But this has got even me raising eyebrows. How can a man who can’t even maintain a relationship more than a few years be expected to run a country for any reasonable term of office.
Sure, we’ve had our Clinton scandal and John F. Kennedy wasn’t exactly the faithful husband, but these things are at least viewed in a negative light. It seems that the French don’t seem to care that their president is spending more time perusing the women around him than improving their country. It’s unfortunate that the new pro-American president needs to be so flaky.
Whether you’re someone who cares about traditional fidelity values or not, you’ve got to recognize that someone more stable should be behind the desk at the Palais de l’Élysée.