THE press pack got its wish to ask President Sarkozy about his relationship with former model Carla Bruni during a two-hour long press conference at the Elysée Palace today.
The video features a question posed by a France 24 reporter, and in reply Sarkozy criticises the press for hounding him, especially when past presidents used the public purse to pay for their "extended" families to holiday abroad.
And for a brief moment his confident air seems to wobble as he talks about his divorce, the video ends with him re-gaining his poise and the rest of the press conference has been covered by a number of newspapers and blogs.
It's love, says Sarkozy: Charles Bremner of The Times was at the conference and offers an insight into Sarkozy's performance and a look behind the scenes.
You may find him hard to take, but you have to admire Super-Sarko for his showmanship and powers of persuasion. Sometimes menacing, sometimes boyish and friendly, he has a way of boiling down argument to leave no room for disagreement.
The Press Conference: Author and political commentator Arthur Goldhammer followed the conference from the US and highlights some of the points Sarkozy made beyond his love life.
Another proposal that may not yield immediate results is the idea of expanding the G8 to G13. The significance of this idea lay in the way Sarkozy justified it. With reason he finds it unjust that one should presume to govern the global economy while excluding half of humanity.
France seeks new growth measure: The BBC also reports on a plan put forward by Nicolas Sarkozy to ask two leading economists to look at a different approach to economic performance.
Mr Sarkozy said he had asked ex-World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz to lead a taskforce along with Indian economist Armatya Sen as an advisor. Mr Sarkozy said the new measure should address quality-of-life issues, not simply Gross Economic Product (GDP).
Sarkozy’s “policy of civilization”: The German Marshall Fund blog looks at some of the social measures the President put forward, including possible changes to the constitution and a resistance towards outside financial organisation.
France will resist “the rise of speculative and sovereign funds which prove to be extremely aggressive (..) France has made a political and strategic choice of protecting its companies as well as giving them the means to develop and defend themselves”.