The French political and gossip press, as well as some glossies,¬†united over Christmas as President Nicolas Sarkozy‚Äôs girlfriend, model-turned-singer Carla Bruni, ?ew to Luxor with his family to stay at the¬†?ve-star¬†Hotel So?tel Old Winter Palace¬†(left), near the Karnak temple. The family ?ew on a Falcon 900 private jet loaned by billionaire Vincent Bollor√©.¬†This was con?rmed by the √Člys√©e.
¬†¬†¬†The √Člys√©e states that President Sarkozy has an of?cial visit in Egypt on the 30th, but has not elaborated on Ms Bruni‚Äôs role.
¬†¬†¬†The political left¬†is critical of the relationship being in the limelight, despite¬†an earlier poll showing that 89 per cent of French people regard it as a private matter.
¬†¬†¬†Given the state of the non-political media, the attention Sarkozy and Bruni have received is unsurprising and cannot be levelled entirely at the President. While he has been attacked over a lack of solemnity for the of?ce by Jean Matouk, a leftist economist, one thinks that even the most restrained of conduct would not stop public and gossip media interest. The alternative, surely, must be to transport Ms Bruni as cargo‚ÄĒor hide the relationship altogether (as Sarko‚Äôs married predecessors once did with their extramarital affairs) in an age of transparency?
¬†¬†¬†The price of the rooms at the Old Winter Palace might be a better target for leftists: some of the top suites go for $1,100 per night, according to Lib√©ration.