Born:Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa: January 28, 1955 in Paris, France.
Cécilia Maria Sara Isabel Ciganer-Albeniz: November 12, 1957 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
How Cecilia and Nicolas Met:Cécilia and Nicolas met when he officiated at her wedding to Jacques Martin, a television personality, on August 10, 1984 at the Neuilly-sur-Seine town hall. It was the third marriage for Jacques who was 24 years older than Cecilia.
Cécilia and Jacques have two children, Judith and Jeanne-Marie. Jacques and Cécilia divorced in 1995.
Jacques Martin died at the age of 74 on September 14, 2007 in Biarritz, France.
Wedding Date:After living together for nine years, Nicolas and Cécilia were married on October 23, 1996.
Children:Nicolas and Cecilia have one son, Louis Sarkozy, born in 1997.
Divorce:After a seven-month separation in 2005, Nicolas and Cecilia reconciled. They later divorced on October 15, 2007. Nicolas Sarkozy is the first president of France to divorce while in office.
Occupations:Cecilia: Former model and PR consultant.
Nicolas Sarkozy: President of France since May 6, 2007. Nicolas is an attorney and was Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine.
Later Marriages:Cecilia later married Richard Attias, a public relations executive and global events organizer, in a civil ceremony on March 23, 2008 in Manhattan, New York atop a Rockefeller Center skyscraper. Their reception at Rockefeller Center had 148 guests. Richard was born in Morocco.
Nicolas married Carla Bruni on February 2, 2008 after a short courtship.
Quotes About the Marriage of Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz and Nicolas SarkozyNicolas about his separation from Cecilia: “I had never known such an ordeal. Never would I have imagined that I would be so profoundly distressed.”
Source: Elaine Sciolino. "Sarkozy Faces Labor and Marital Crises. NYTimes.com. 10/19/2007.
Nicolas about Cecilia: "What was I doing, marrying her to another man! I fell in love with her almost immediately. I thought, I must have that woman. She's mine."
Source: "Cecilia Sarkozy: The First Lady Vanishes." Independent.co.uk. 6/24/2007.
Patrick Balkany, mayor of Levallois-Perret, about their separation: "What happened to Cécilia is what more often happens to a man. She found herself in love with someone else -- at a time when it was very difficult for Nicolas, when he was pre-occupied by his work -- confused, less close to her, irritable, submerged in his job."
Source: John Lichfield. "Privacy and France's First Lady." Independent.co.uk. 05/12/2007.
Eduardo Cue about the marriage of Cécilia and Nicolas: "For behind her evident charisma, Mrs. Sarkozy's at times seemingly erratic behavior has become a cause of concern for Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency. "He is afraid of her fits," says a political analyst who knows both and spoke on condition of anonymity. "She is capricious, unpredictable ... But in 2005, the couple separated, Mrs. Sarkozy moved to New York in a very public affair with another man, and her husband had a relationship with a journalist from Le Figaro newspaper. She agreed to return but warned that the thought of being first lady "bores me stiff."
Source: Eduardo Cue. "The French First Lady Keeps 'Em Guessing." USNews.com. 10/05/2007.
Elaine Sciolino: "Asked in 2005 how she envisioned her life in 10 years, she [Cecilia] replied, "In the United States, jogging in Central Park." In a long interview in the newspaper L'Est Republicain on Friday, she acknowledged that she left Nicolas Sarkozy in 2005 for several months because she had fallen in love with another man, and had asked for a divorce because she no longer wanted the pressures and demands of public life."
Source: Elaine Sciolino. "French not faxed by Sarkozy divorce." Boston.com. 10/21/2007.
Cecilia: "France elected a man, not a couple. I am someone who likes the shadows, serenity, tranquility ... We tried everything, I tried everything. What happened to me has happened to millions of people: one day you no longer have your place in the couple. The couple is no longer the essential thing of your life. It no longer functions; it no longer works."
Source: Elaine Sciolino. "Cecilia Sarkozy speaks out on marriage." Iht.com. 10/19/2007.
Close friend about their reconciliation in 2006: "She went back to him because she didn't want his defeat blamed on her."
Source: Julie Davidson. "Cecilia Sarkozy." SundayHerald.com.
Nicolas: "Today, Cécilia and I are reunited for good, for real, doubtless for ever ... [W]e are not able and do not know how to separate from each other." He has said his wife is his "true soulmate" and "the person without whom nothing I do would be possible". In July 2007, he said, "At the end of the day, my only real worry is Cécilia."
Source: Caroline Wyatt. "Sarkozy soap opera grips Paris." BBC.co.uk. 5/17/2007.