Alarming News

April 26, 2007

Relationships in France are so, um, modern

The two candidates in the runoff for the French presidential election have really fascinating personal lives. Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife disappeared for the campaign trail in weeks leading up to the election leading to speculation she was having an affair. Why would people just assume that? Well:

The couple’s relationship has been in the spotlight before. The pair, who have a young son, separated briefly last year after she had an affair with an advertising executive while Sarkozy dated a journalist.

Sarkozy couldn’t be that shocked by her affair, though. They met at her wedding to another man. Sarkozy was officiating. I mean, have you ever heard of such a thing?!

Should his opponent, Segolene Royal, win, she would be France’s first woman president and its first single leader. Royal’s boyfriend is Socialist Party leader Francois Hollande. They have four children but Francois says that if Royal wins he won’t be living in the presidential palace. “Royal says they did not need marriage to prove their love — a common sentiment in today’s France, where nearly half of babies are born out of wedlock.”

Not to get all “marriage stabilizes society” on you or anything, but how long do you think France has got left? A generation? Less?

Hat-tip Ark.