The divorce between Nicolas and Cecilia Sarkozy has been declared official by an announcement from Elysée Palace on Thursday (October 18). For her part, Cecilia granted an interview with the regional daily L'Est Républicain in which she stated that she and her ex-husband had tried everything to save the marriage but it wasn't possible.
Yahoo has this summary of her interview:
Admitting to having "met someone" in 2005 and "fallen in love", and having "left her home", Cecilia acknowledged that she returned a year ago to "try to rebuild something," without success.
"What happened to me has happened to millions of people: one day, you no longer belong in the relationship. It is no longer the essential thing in your life, it doesn't function any more," explained the former "first lady". "We tried to rebuild, to put our family ahead of everything else, this extended family that the French talk about, to give it priority, but it wasn't possible. We tried, I tried everything. It simply was not possible," she continued.
Besides the couple's personal difficulties, Cecilia Sarkozy said that she wanted to "retire from public life", because "it does not suit her", describing herself as "someone who loves the shadows, serenity, tranquility". (...)
"For a year I have tried to commit myself professionally and personally, but it didn't work out well all the time," confided Cecilia Sarkozy, explaining that her repeated absences at national events was due to her desire "not to show herself, not to expose herself, to protect herself." (...)
The lawyer for the couple, Michèle Cahen, explained that the divorce was granted on Monday October 15 before the presiding judge for family matters at the Nanterre courthouse, Mme Choubrac. "They both came to court, in my presence, and repeated before the judge their desire to separate. The divorce is therefore official," she stated.
Nicolas Sarkozy, 52, is the first French president to divorce while in office. Married in 1996, the couple has a son, Louis, 10, who will live most of the time with his mother, but "maintain close contact with his father," explained Attorney Cahen.
The couple was the image of an extended family, with their children Judith and Jeanne-Marie, born from Cecilia's first marriage with actor Jacques Martin, and Pierre and Jean, born from Nicolas Sarkozy's first marriage.
For his part Nicolas Sarkozy said only that he had been elected to find solutions to the problems of France, not to comment on his private life. "If you think the French elected me for anything other than work, work, work..."
The spokesman for Elysée, David Martinon, said that "there is no reason why the divorce should change anything in the functioning of Elysée."
On the international scene, the only person to react to the divorce was the Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi, who was saddened to see the divorce of his "friends", and deplored that fact that he had not had the time to help them mend the relationship.