Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni, Qatar, Knightsbridge: Le grand ex-fromageen Londres

Trying to glimpse Carla Bruni sashay along Knightsbridge might've been demented but certainly distracting, writes Paul Coleman.
  When Bruni's hubby, Nicolas Sarkozy, lost the 2012 election and his job as French president he hit on a grand idea.
  Sarkozy vowed to come to a London office two or three days a week to make money from a €250 million private equity fund kick-started by the Qatar Investment Authority, the Arab state's $100 billion sovereign wealth fund.

Sarkozy's fund would invest in 'European reconstruction' and make the fund an estimated €3 million annually. Sarkozy enjoys reportedly good relations with Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani.
   Tristement - sadly - for Sarkozy, the fund idea now sits on hold. French judges ruled the ex-President be investigated for allegedly 'persuading' 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress Lilliane Bettencourt to give cash to Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign. Bien sur, Sarkozy denies wrongdoing.
  Mais, c'est affreux.
But, this is dreadful.
  Londoners will now be denied their 'I saw Bruni' Knightsbridge moment.

Paul Coleman, London Intelligence, April 2013

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