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Sarkozy's ex-wife Cecilia set to wed Moroccan American Richard Attia, in a quick rebound

Sarkozy's ex-wife Cecilia set to wed for 3rd time 2008-03-22 18:58:04  

    BEIJING, March 22 (Xinhuanet) --

Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz, the ex-wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is set to remarry in New York on Sunday with events organizer Richard Attias (pronounced as in Arabic: attia), a month after Sarkozy tied the knot with the model-turned-singer Carla Bruni, media reported Saturday.

    French Morning, a U. S. website for expatriates living in New York, said Cecilia, 50, is to wed the Morocco-born PR guru, at an unknown location followed by a reception at the Rockefeller Center in central Manhattan.

    Guests would not be able to use cameras or phones with cameras, to protect the couple's privacy, according to other reports.

     The marriage will be Cecilia's third. It will be the first for the 48-year-old Attias. 

    Friends close to the couple said that it had been brought forward as "revenge" for Sarkozy "embarrassing" her by marrying Italian model Carla Bruni, six weeks ago. 

    Rumors have been doing the rounds about the couple's wedding and earlier this month Italian fashion house Versace had said that the couple would get married and "have chosen to wear Versace for happy occasion of their wedding."

    Cecilia and Sarkozy announced their divorce on Oct. 18, 2007, ending a stormy 11-year marriage. The couple had one son, Louis, together.

    Sarkozy, 53, married Bruni in February, less than four months after his divorce.

    Like Bruni, Cecilia is also a former fashion model. In 2005, when Sarkozy was Interior Minister, she left him for Attias, following him to Cannes and New York.

    She returned to Sarkozy in 2006 and was at his side during his successful campaign for the presidency.

    Even in a book published after her divorce, Cecilia described Attias as the great love of her life.


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