He was just trying to be a normal guy showing up to support his wife, but for former presidents nothing is ever normal.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy slid into his chair in New York’s Town Hall theater for wife Carla Bruni’s only East Coast concert.
(Her Washington area concert, scheduled for mid-April, was mysteriously cancelled.)
At first, there was just a sprinkling of applause and a few autograph seekers, but within minutes Sarkozy was mobbed.
Concert-goers on the balcony level were cautioned against leaning too far over the railing to get a closer look at Sarkozy.
“That’s my president,” one French woman told an usher. “I’m not trying to commit suicide.”
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Sarkozy, dressed like a politician in a suit and tie, took it all in stride, posing for every selfie request, and shrugging off encouragement to run again for office.
French observers believe he is preparing for a comeback and could defeat the ever-unpopular President Francois Hollande in 2017.
For her part, Bruni, on tour promoting her fourth album, “Little French Songs,” never acknowledged Sarkozy but did sing a song “for my man” called “Mon Raymond.”
In the lyrics, she croons about loving a “complex” man who wears a tie, yet deep down “he’s a pirate.”
(How many Washington wives could say their husbands are that cool?)
She may be a first lady again, but never refer to her as “Madame.”
“I hate it, ” she said last night, before singing the track “Pas une Dame” (Not a Lady).
If Sarkozy decides not to run after all, it seems he will be content with the title of “Carla’s husband.”