Court rejects ex-wife's attempt to block book critical of Sarkozy
( dpa ) - A Paris court on Friday rejected a demand by the ex- wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy to stop publication of a book in which she is quoted as calling him a philanderer, stingy and unworthy of being president, France-Info radio reported.
In the book, titled simply Cecilia, the former Madame Sarkozy is quoted by author Anna Biton as saying, "Nicolas is a philanderer" and "Nicolas is stingy."
She also describes him as "a man who likes no-one, not even his children," and goes on to say that he is not worthy of being president.
"There is a ridiculous side to him. He is not dignified. He does not make a real president of the Republic. He has a behavioural problem."
Biton, a journalist for the weekly Le Point, has reportedly known the former first lady for years.
In its judgment, the Paris court said that the book did not invade the privacy of Cecilia Sarkozy and her former husband, as she had claimed in her suit to suppress the book.
Her lawyers said she would appeal the decision. A judgment on the appeal was expected to be handed down later Friday.
The Sarkozy's divorce was announced on October 18. According to French media reports, Sarkozy is soon to marry his girlfriend, the pop singer and former supermodel Carla Bruni.