Sarkozy, Bruni spend wedding night in Versailles

February 3, 2008 5:40:59 PM PST
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his new wife, Carla Bruni, spent their wedding night in a former hunting lodge near the palace at Versailles, news reports said Sunday. An Associated Press photographer spotted the newlyweds taking a stroll, hand-in-hand, in Versailles' gardens on Sunday, a day after their small, private wedding at the presidential Elysee Palace.

The two hosted a small wedding dinner Saturday night at La Lanterne, a former hunting lodge in Versailles, outside Paris, that has become a presidential residence, Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper said.

Sarkozy, 53, and Bruni, 40, were married Saturday, less than three months after they reportedly first met, and less than four months after his divorce from the previous first lady, Cecilia. The newlyweds issued a statement saying only that they tied the knot "in the presence of their families in the strictest privacy."

The wedding was the third for Sarkozy, who has three sons. It was the first for Bruni, who has a young son from a previous relationship. A longtime top model, Bruni has reinvented herself as a singer in recent years.