Private Lives Become Public in France

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Liberation front page

The front page of newspaper "Liberation" shows Cecilia Sarkozy, estranged wife of the French president. Eleanor Beardsley, NPR hide caption

toggle caption Eleanor Beardsley, NPR

For many years, it was a given that the French did not care about the private lives of their political leaders.

Now, public attitudes seem to be changing, and the media seems to be going along.

The recent breakups of the marriages of President Nicolas Sarkozy, and the Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal have attracted widespread coverage from the tabloid press, and even the more traditional media are also following the stories.



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