[QODLink]
Europe
Sarkozy marries girlfriend
French president is said to have married Carla Bruni in a simple ceremony in Paris.
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2008 14:35 GMT
Bruni accompanied Sarkozy during visits
to Egypt  and Jordan [AFP ]

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, has married his girlfriend Carla Bruni, a local mayor who performed the ceremony has said.
 
Francois Lebel said that Sarkozy, 53, and Bruni, 40, were married on Saturday in the presence of close family and friends at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
"I married two voters of the 8th district who live at 55 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore", Lebel said, giving the address of the presidential palace.
 
Under French law, couples must get married before a mayor to make their union official.
Lebel said it was the first time in the history of the French republic that a president had married while in office.
 
Romance
 
Sarkozy and Bruni, a singer and former model, reportedly met in November, soon after his divorce from his second wife Cecilia, in October.
 
The pair went public with their relationship during a visit to Disneyland Paris, and they remained in the spotlight during trips to Egypt and Jordan.
 
Sarkozy's openness about his private life has surprised many French who are accustomed to presidents who are private about their partners.
 
The president told a press conference last month that his relationship with Bruni was serious and all but confirmed that he planned to marry her.
Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Featured
Pro-Russia leaders' election in Ukraine's east shows bloody conflict is far from a peaceful resolution.
Critics challenge Canberra's move to refuse visas for West Africans in Ebola-besieged countries.
A key issue for Hispanics is the estimated 11.3 million immigrants in the US without papers who face deportation.
In 1970, only two mosques existed in the country, but now more than 200 offer sanctuary to Japan's Muslims.
Hundreds of the country's reporters eke out a living by finding news - then burying it for a price.