Marie-Dominique Culioli, first wife of French President Nicholas Sarkozy, is interviewed in a new book about Sarkozy’s relationship with women. I hope it comes out in English. They divorced 14 years ago.
A devout Catholic, she saw Sarkozy as “a spiritual person, very modest at heart”. At the time, she said, he had none of the fondness for Ray-Bans and Rolexes that earned him the nickname of President Bling-Bling.
Culioli has forgiven him, but not Cecilia (now Cecilia Attias, formally Cecilia Sarkozy, his second wife), who was her best friend.
Here is my post on the French Election where I first mention the long-suffering Marie-Dominique!