Carla Bruni to join President Sarkozy at Taj Mahal on Jan 26

January 25th, 2008 - 9:09 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): After intense speculation, ultimately Italian-born supermodel turned singer Carla Bruni is finally coming to India and will visit the monument of love — Taj Mahal — on Saturday along with French President Nicholas Sarkozy.

Carla Bruni will skip the Republic Day parade, as also the official ceremonies but not a visit to the Taj Mahal with President Sarkozy. The media in Delhi is in tizzy to capture in camera the most celebrated couple.

Bruni has been making headlines around the world for her relationship with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, which started late last year.

Sarkozy will travel to the 17th century monument after witnessing the Republic Day parade in New Delhi and his 40-year-old Italian-born lady love is virtually all set to accompany him there, sources said.

However, sources did not indicate when Bruni would arrive in India and then travel onwards to Agra.

The guessing game over her coming here has been going on for days, with both Indian and French governments keeping the suspense on.

The French side had initially indicated to India that Bruni might accompany Sarkozy, raising questions over the protocol issue.

Sarkozy will be at the Taj Mahal briefly as he has to return to Delhi to attend President Pratibha Patil’s ‘At-Home’ reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 3.45 p.m.

Bruni had sought to end the speculation by telling a French daily that she would not be travelling along with Sarkozy, as she is yet not married to the French President.

Earlier, the name of Bruni did not figure in the list of official delegates accompanying French President Nicholas Sarkozy on a visit here.

“As far as the delegation list is concerned her name is not there,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters. (ANI)

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