Sarkozy admits Carla Bruni influences his political decisions

February 2nd, 2009 - 11:15 am ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 02 (ANI): French president Nicolas Sarkozy has admitted that his third wife Carla Bruni influences his politics.

Sarkozy, who celebrates his first wedding anniversary with Bruni today, told Le Point magazine that the views of his glamorous third wife mean a lot to him.

“I accord a lot of importance to what she tells me. Her views broaden my perspective, my thoughts,” the Telegraph quoted Sarkozy, as telling the magazine.

Sarkozy even tried to play down the massive amount of publicity, which has surrounded their first 12 months of married life.

“We have a quiet life, we have settled in. Our families get along. No really, I have nothing to complain about, she is great,” he said.

Sarkozys confession follows weeks of speculation that Bruni has growing influence on the president, deciding on everything from ministerial firings to which personal trainer he uses.

When justice minister Rachida Dati was unceremoniously told she was to be sacked a week earlier, some speculated Bruni was behind the decision.

The model-turned-pop singer appeared on Italian TV to deny she had anything to do with persuading Brazil to grant asylum to an Italian terrorist, adding, “the wife of a president of the Republic would never go and talk to the Brazilian president about something that has nothing to do with France”.

However, there were clear signs of her influence in October over the release of another Italian terrorist.

She convinced her husband to drop a court order to deport an ex-Red Brigade activist from France to Italy.

Her intervention and the presidential U-turn sparked fury, especially among Italians.

The French were also angry that Bruni was apparently taking highly sensitive decisions regarding international terrorism. (ANI)

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