French President Sarkozy’s Hollywood-style romance has apparently cost him political capital:
[A] new poll … suggested Sarkozy’s public romancing of supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni was the factor that had hurt his national image most.
Sarkozy and Bruni married secretly earlier this month but his critics saw the highly-publicized affair as a distraction too early in office.
The OpinionWay poll, conducted on the Internet for le Figaro and news channel LCI, found 82 percent of respondents believed Sarkozy’s private life fell short of that of a head of state.
Funny, I thought the French were supposed to be French when it comes to the private lives of their leaders. Oh, I get it: he should’ve stayed married and made Bruni his mistress instead.