Keeping Up With Young Wife Costs

Nicolas Sarkozy and  Carla BruniFriends are blaming French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s weekend collapse while out jogging on his attempts to keep up with his svelte model-turned singer wife Carla Bruni, 13 years his junior. Maintaining moxie for his younger half in this May-December romance is taking its toll, they say.

One fellow MP reported the 54-year-old French leader had recently “looked more like a Tour de France rider than a president,” after undertaking a draconian diet which allowed only very small portions and banned chocolate, cheese and puddings.

Add that to a hyperactive schedule which in a single week saw Sarkozy dine with Egypt’s president in Paris, pop down to the Alps to watch a leg of the Tour de France, jet over to New York for a Carla Bruni concert as well as do his job running the republic, and you get an idea why he’s known as “Speedy Sarko”.

London’s Daily Telegraph reports Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has overseen a “makeover” of her husband because he was always “a bit too heavy and didn’t want to be overweight.” He is regularly photographed running and cycling.

How Carla Has Rung the Changes

– He used to have a chocolate addiction, sported love-handles, and jogged flat-footed. His wife introduced him to a 26-year-old personal trainer who helped him lose 9kgs and drop two trouser sizes.

– He used to be partial to frumpy, light-coloured suits. Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy has put him in dark suits, English shirts from Hilditch & Key and dark ties.

– He used to wear chunky, showy Rolexes. His wife bought him a thin gold Patek Philippe instead.

– He used to describe himself as a ‘‘total fan” of Sylvester Stallone films. Now he is mugging up on Fellini films and claims to like All About Eve, A Streetcar Named Desire and A Clockwork Orange.

– He used to have little interest in classic French literature and outraged academics by slating La Princesse de Cleves. He now says his favourite book is Stendhal’s classic, Le Rouge et le Noir. Recently he has quoted Celine and Jean-Paul Sartre, the existentialist philosopher, and dined with Michel Houellebecq, the controversial but acclaimed French novelist.

– He liked ageing French crooners like Michel Sardou and Johnny Hallyday. He recently went to a Leonard Cohen concert and has met Bob Dylan and Marianne Faithfull.

– He used to like wealthy crude comedians like Jean-Marie Bigard. On his Facebook page, he says he found My Old Lady, a play by Israel Horovitz, wonderful.

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