Fraser Nelson

Marriage à-la-Francaise

Marriage à-la-Francaise
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Lieutenant George: Look what I got for you sir. 

Captain Blackadder: What? 

Lieutenant George: It's the latest issue of "King & Country". Oh, damn inspiring stuff; the magazine that tells the Tommies the truth about the war. 

Captain Blackadder: Or alternatively, the greatest work of fiction since vows of fidelity were included in the French marriage service.

I never quite got this joke until I read how Sarko read out those French wedding vows to Cécilia, his second wife, when as Mayor he officiated over her marriage to her first husband. Some years later he made off with her (leaving his wife and two kids). Anyway today he has got married again – to Carla Bruni. It was officiated by a Francois Lebel, Mayor of Paris’ 8th district. I suspect Sarko was watching him closely.

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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