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The Sarkozy Family
Nicolas Sarkozy and His Wife, Carli Bruni
  What’s the hot topic of discussion in France nowadays? The Eiffel Tower? The Louvre? What about Paris, the city of lights? While they are all truly amazing and breathtaking sights, they have taken the back seat to France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and his stunningly beautiful wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The tales of their love story, and their sometimes-scandalous pasts have captured the attention of their nation, as well as the entire world.

What do we really know about this powerful couple and their diverse backgrounds; besides the rumors and exposes the tabloid magazines and television specials have cooked up for our enjoyment? This is a detailed look into their lives, careers, and their family dynamics. We hope to give you a better understanding of Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the "it" couple of France.

The Sarkozy blended family welcomed a new addition in October 2011 when the French First Lady gave birth to a baby girl named Giulia Bruni-Sarkozy. The rest of the Sarkozy children include Jean, Pierre, Judith Martin, Jeanne Marie Martin, Louis, and Aurelien.

Nicolas Sarkozy Biography
Nicolas Paul Stephane Sarkozy de Nagy-Bosca (born. June 17, 1943)
Born : January 28, 1955 in 17th arrondissement of Paris, France
Parents : Paul Sarkozy de Nagy-Bosca (a Hungarian Immigrant) and Andree Mallah (French-Catholic woman of Greek-Jewish descent)

His father :
Nicolas’s father Paul was a descendant of a family belonging to the lower nobility ranks of Hungary. Paul’s family possessed land and a small castle in the town of Alattyan, less than 100 miles from Budapest. They were eventually forced to flee to Germany when the Red Army entered Hungary, and when they returned their possessions had been seized by the government. Paul fled once again when the military wanted to send him to Siberia for service and he lived in Austria and Germany before settling in Marseilles in 1948. It was in France that Paul Sarkozy met Nicolas’s mother, Andree Mallah, in 1949.

The couple wed and had three sons: Guillaume in 1951, Nicolas in 1955 and Francois in 1957. Later in 1959, Paul Sarkozy left his wife Andree, and the two divorced in 1960. He subsequently remarried two more times and fathered two more children. Paul did not concern himself with Guillaume, Nicolas, or Francois after leaving them, nor did he offer financial support. In turn, Nicolas resented Paul for abandoning his family for many years to come.

His Mother :
Nicholas’s mother, Andree, was daughter to Benedict “Benico” Mallah, the son of a jeweler, and Adele Bouvier, a war widow. Andree’s father Benico was a very successful urologist and STD specialist from Salonica, Greece. In earlier times, Benico’s family resided in an affluent area of Paris, where he attended school after the age of fourteen. He became a French citizen after completing his baccalaureate in medicine, and became a doctor in the French Army During World War I. It was during this time that he met his wife-to-be Adele Bouvier, who he wed in 1917. Together they had two daughters, Susanne and Andree, Nicolas’s mother. The family hastily left Paris and hid in Correze, a small town in western France, during World War II to escape Nazi capture and extradition to concentration camps. It was imperative for the family to escape, as fifty-seven family members of the Mallah family died at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. If they didn’t conceal their whereabouts, their fates may have been the same.

When it was safe, the family returned to Paris. Their daughter, Andree met her husband-to-be Paul Sarkozy in Paris in 1949, while she was a law student. The marriage eventually ended. His mother Andree moved to be close to her family in a very affluent area near Paris, where and Benico, Nicholas’s grandfather, became a father figure, and a tremendous positive influence for Nicolas. It is at this time that President Sarkozy believes that he developed his initial interest in politics. Without the guidance of his beloved grandfather, he may not be the powerful leader that we know today.

His Career in Politics :
Sarkozy obtained his Masters Degree at The University of Paris: Nanterre, where he studied private law, and later obtained a DEA degree in business law. After passing his bar exam he chose to specialize in business and family law. His political career started when he was only twenty-two years old, as a city counselor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, continuing on to be the mayor of the same city, and the youngest in the history of France. He has also acted in the positions of Minister of the Interior, Minister of Finance, and leader of the UMP, a French conservative party, before his campaign for President. Sarkozy, running unopposed, was the victor in the 2007 election with 98% of votes. As President of France, Sarkozy has made a point to fight intolerance, racism being considered one of his most intolerable offenses. His long family history of persecution has undoubtedly influenced the strong beliefs that he has today, regarding tolerance towards all people. He is a strong advocate of affirmative action for minorities, and civil unions for same-sex couples, although he is opposed to same-sex marriage. He is a progressive and forward-thinking leader, making a pledge to cut down in CO2 emissions in France, in an effort to slow global warming. He has also passed laws in France to limit the presidency to a two- term limit, giving parliament veto power over the president, and put an end to the presidential right of pardon, and many other important issues that have attracted global attention.

Carla Bruni Biography
Born :December 23, 1967 in Turin, Italy
Parents : Alberto Bruni-Tedeschi (a concert composer and industrialist) and Marisa Borini (concert pianist)

Carla Bruni's Scandalous Beginnings :
Many years later it was made public that her actual father was not Bruni-Tedeschi, but an Italian, naturalized Brazilian-born grocery tycoon Maurizio Remmert, who was, at that time, a guitarist. Her mother engaged in a six-year affair with Remmert during her marriage with her husband Alberto, and Carla’s birth resulted from the affair.

Carla Bruni's Life As An Heiress :
Carla was born into great wealth, as her legal paternal grandfather, Virginio Bruni-Tedeschi was founder of the Italian tire manufacturer CEAT, which was later sold to Pirelli in the 1970’s. Carla was raised with her older brother and sister outside Turin at her grandfather’s home, the Castello di Castagneto, and led a privileged life. Her brother was Virginio Bruni Tedeschi, a graphic designer, born in 1959, and her sister is Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, director and actress, born in 1964. Sadly, Virginio passed away in 2006 due to complications of HIV/AIDS. His family created the Virginio Bruni-Tedeschi Foundation in his name, which educates children in Southern Africa about HIV and AIDS. Valeria has appeared in several movies, one of the most popular being Munich in 2005. When Carla was five years old, her family fled to France from Italy due to threats of kidnapping by the Red Brigades, a terrorist group in Italy during the 1970’s. She spent many years in Paris, and also attended boarding school in Switzerland. She returned after boarding school to study art and architecture in Paris, however she left college to pursue her desire to become a model at age nineteen.

Carla Bruni's Career As a Fashion Model :
In the 1990’s Carla Bruni-Tedeschi was one of the twenty highest paid fashion models in the world, working for labels such as Dior, Chanel, and Versace. She also was engaged in some very high profile relationships with famous men. Rockers Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, as well as tycoon Donald Trump were a few of the men she dated while she was modeling. She also gained a reputation as a man-eater and home wrecker, as many of the men she was rumored to be dating were married while she was dating them. For a time she lived with her then-boyfriend Jean Paul Enthoven, but she had an affair and gave birth to her only child, Aurelien, in 2001 with his son Raphael Enthoven. Her son is now 7 years old. Her passion did not stop with her intense relationships or her booming career. Carla also aspired to be a musician. She ended her modeling days to pursue her love of music in 1997, and has since released three albums, the most recent album; translated As if Nothing Happened, was released in July 2008.

Carla Bruni's Marriage to Nicolas Sarkozy :
Carla Bruni and Nicholas Sarkozy met at a dinner party in November 2007, and just three months later the two were married. She continues to pursue her music career, even as she juggles her many duties as the first lady of France. The overall approval ratings for President Nicholas Sarkozy have increased since he has been married to Carla. Perhaps the people of France are feeling the “special something” that these two amazing and diverse individuals have too!

The Rest of the Sarkozy-Bruni Family
sarkozy children As of 2008, Sarkozy has been married a three times. His first marriage in 1982 to Marie-Dominique Culioli produced two children, Pierre and Jean. After many years of separation, Nicholas and his wife Marie-Dominique divorced in 1996. Sarkozy then wed his second wife, Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz, a former model and public relations executive in 1996. His second marriage produced Louis and introduced him to his new step daughters, Judith Martin and Jeane marie Martin. Carla Bruni gave birth a son, Aurelien, with Raphael Enthoven in 2001.

Jean Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa - Born : September 2, 1986  
Jean seems to be following in his father’s footsteps in the world of politics. Jean is a counselor in Neuilly-sur-Seine, the same city that his father was mayor, and he is also an amateur actor.

Pierre Sarkozy - Born 1985  
Pierre Sarkozy is Nicolas's eldest son to his marriage with Marie-Dominique Culioli. He holds a career as a hip hop producer going by the nickname, Mosey and is credited as working with the rapper known as Poison

Judith Martin - Born August 22, 1984  
Nicolas Sarkozy served as her step father during his brief marriage to her mother, Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz. Her biological father is popular French TV host Jacques Martin.

Jeanne Marie Martin - Born June 8, 1987  
Nicolas Sarkozy served as her step father during his brief marriage to her mother, Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz. Her biological father is popular French TV host Jacques Martin.

Louis Sarkozy - Born : April 1997  
Louise is the youngest of Nicolas's biological children and the product of his marriage to Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz.

Aurelien Enthoven - Born 2001  
For a time she lived with her then-boyfriend Jean Paul Enthoven, but she had an affair and gave birth to her only child, Aurelien, in 2001 with his son Raphael Enthoven.

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