At the End of the Day

Sarkozy has been making babies; but has he also been making trouble?

The French penchant for shagging has been hitting the headlines today, and generally providing fuel for both gossip columnists and conspiracy theorists. This evening – following revelations in this morning’s German newspaper Bild – the consensus among French media is that the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is expecting a child.

The President’s leaky Dad apparently told Bild without too much coaxing. “I’m glad to be having a grandchild,” Pal Sarkozy, 82, told Europe’s most widely-read newspaper. And just seven minutes ago, the Guardian confirmed it: so it must be true.

But there is a link between this happy epiphany and the philandering habits of that other charismatic Frenchman, Dominic Strauss-Kahn. For although DSK now sits in a New York jail-cell with no chance of bail, des Parisiens are already pointing out how convenient Mr Strauss-Kahn’s discomforture is for Daddy-to-be Sarko. Strauss-Kahn was widely expected to leave the IMF soon, in order to run for the French Presidency. As Jeremy Warner notes in today’s Telegraph, this is a Presidential election ‘he very probably would have won’.

I understand friends of the fat philanderer have confirmed that Big Dom had warned them he expected “some kind of fit-up”, but opinion is divided as to the culprit(s) who might or might not be involved. While many are fingering Sarkozy, others point to the fact that DSK is “a sort of cuckoo in the nest for the euro”, and part of the Trichet-Merkel Establishment who would do anything to save the single currency.

This Establishment hoped to install the mathematically challenged Christine Lagarde as Dom’s successor, for she is of the same bent. But the suddenness of his demise has set all kinds of hare running. Maybe we need a change, they are saying. Maybe not a European, they are suggesting. My own personal view would be ‘Anyone but Christine’. However, I am not involved in this plot. All I can tell you is that several noted US sites are already suggesting that the American Fed was very keen for DSK to be succeeded by a US citizen.