This account of how Nicolas Sarkozy wooed Carla Bruni is both amusing and gruesome. For instance:
“My reputation is no worse than yours,” he told her. “I know you well without ever meeting you. I understand everything about you ... You make love because no one makes love to you. I know everything about you because I am so much you.”
With a hush around the table, Mr Sarkozy promised to be in the front row of a forthcoming Bruni concert. “We will announce our engagement. You will see, we will do better than Marilyn and Kennedy,” he told her.