Jean-Marie Le Pen just took campaigning to a new low when he suggested that Nicolas Sarkozy is having new marital problems with his wife Cecilia. The Sarkozys endured an embarrassing public separation several years ago, in which she left for another man in New York, although they did eventually reunite. Cecilia has since taken an active if behind-the-scenes role in her husband's campaign.
With just four days to go before the first round of elections, the leader of the Front National alleged that "Paris is abuzz" with rumours about the couple.
"I am pretty surprised that the press is not curious these days about Mrs Sarkozy, who could become France's first lady," Mr Le Pen said in a radio interview.
It would be a sign of "normal curiosity", he said, for the press to take an interest. He did not give any details of the couple's alleged problems.
"I see that reverential fear sparks caution in people who usually have no qualms in launching rumours, even baseless ones," Mr Le Pen told RMC radio and BFM-TVM television.
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