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Report says Sarkozy and Bruni married

AGENCIES , PARIS

French President Nicolas Sarkozy married Carla Bruni yesterday at his official Elysee Palace residence, French radio station RTL reported, quoting several witnesses.

A spokesman at Sarkozy's office declined to comment on the report.

Both Sarkozy and Bruni, an Italian supermodel turned pop singer, indicated last month they wanted to marry but made it clear that any wedding would be a private affair far from the eyes of the press.

RTL quoted Bernadette Chirac, wife of former French president Jacques Chirac, as saying getting married at the Elysee was "a wonderful thing."

"I want to express all my best wishes to this new household. She is very, very beautiful," said Bernadette Chirac. It was not immediately clear if she had been present.

Sarkozy, 53, split up from his second wife Cecilia in October after 11 years of marriage.

It was the first time in modern French history a serving president had separated from his wife, but within two months Sarkozy was photographed in public at Paris Disneyland with Bruni, making it clear they were a couple.

The two holidayed together over the Christmas period and Sarkozy's popularity ratings took a pounding with French voters complaining he was concentrating too much on his personal life and not enough on affairs of state.

Bruni, 40, has previously been linked with rock stars Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, as well as US businessman Donald Trump.

She has a son from a previous relationship, while Sarkozy has two grown-up sons from his first marriage, and a third son from his marriage to Cecilia.

It was not the first time that French media had reported that the Sarkozy-Bruni wedding had already taken place. Confusion swirled after L'Est Republicain newspaper reported last month that he might already have married Bruni at an intimate ceremony at the Elysee Palace on Jan. 10.

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