By Peter Allen – Paris – The Telegraph 17th May 2012
Valerie Benaim, a political biographer wrote the book: « Carla and Nicolas: the real story », around the time the pair married in 2008, in which she discussed Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy’s « secret » lovers, including English rock stars Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.
One of the most famous Frenchmen whom she dated however was former Socialist Prime Minister Mr Laurent Fabius.
Ms Benaim said in an interview four years ago: « It’s true that their relationship was known to the French media, but nobody reported it. » Explaining why the alleged affair may have been kept secret, Ms Benaim said: « Perhaps because neither Laurent Fabius nor Carla Bruni confirmed their short relationship.
« One thing is certain – Carla must like politicians, because she also had an affair with the former minister Luc Ferry. »
Mr Ferry, the 61-year-old former education minister, went out with Carla in the early 2000s, but it is her relationship with 65-year-old Mr Fabius which is now causing a stir in France.
« It was brief but very passionate, and it’s one which we are now going to hear a lot about, » said a Socialist Party source who claims to know both Mr Fabius and Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy well.
« At the time Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy was very much a left-winger with plenty of friends in the Socialist Party. Mr Fabius was France’s youngest ever Prime Minister in the mid-1980s, and Carla found this very attractive indeed. »
According to Ms Benaim, the pair had a fling in the early 2000s, but « Mr Fabius’s colleagues and friends were very discreet about the whole thing. »
The affair is understood to have ended well before she began dating Mr Sarkozy.
In an interview just before she married Mr Sarkozy, the 44-year-old former supermodel said « monogamy bores me ».
One of her more high-profile affairs was with the philosopher Raphael Enthoven, whom she started sleeping with while officially going out with his father, Jean-Paul Enthoven.
Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy had a son with Raphael, and was blamed for destroying his marriage to the writer Justine Levy.
But after becoming France’s First Lady she turned into a loyal conservative wife, and last year had her first child with Mr Sarkozy.
Mr Fabius, a divorcee, on Thursday started his new job as France’s foreign minister after being appointed by Francois Hollande.
Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, meanwhile, was starting a sunshine holiday in the Moroccan city of Marrakech with her husband and their seven month old daughter, Giulia.
The family have often stayed in the country as guests of King Mohammed VI, who last year gave them an entire palace to enjoy.
Source: The Telegraph 17th May 2012