Privacy. Unless they’re kissing… in Bathing Suits.
A French blog recently reported that Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife are having marital problems. Instead of calling on his personal dignity and ignoring the claims until they fade away, or calling upon his media savvy to schedule a photo-op of him and his wife kissing outside a restaurant or touching a puppy, Nick’s natural reaction was to flip his shit and effectively cry “ME?? MARITAL PROBLEMS?? I have no PROBLEMS with my MARRIAGE!! How dare you suggest MY MARRIAGE IS IN TROUBLE!!”
Now, what was once an obscure blog post is now a headline around the world. “SARKOZY HAS MARITAL PROBLEMS. HIS MARRIAGE IS IN TROUBLE.” To make matters worse, Sarkozy’s team justifies taking legal action against the media company responsible for the blog by stating that in France the media is, by law, discreet about the personal lives of politicians and other public figures. But since when, I ask, has the Sarkozy marriage ever been discrete? Never. Sarkozy has milked his relationship with Carla Bruni for every bit of political coverage and self image it could afford. She is his greatest political prop and his strongest electoral platform. Now that the news is going sour, he wants to sue for an invasion of his privacy? No politician marries a supermodel for privacy.