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This book is not unr featured on Listopia. Jun 23, Ann rated it it was ok. Cecilia Attias, formerly Sarkozy, formerly Martin, formerly Ciganer-Albeniz, is one of those women who is at risk of being considered only in the context of the men they married. Her first husband was Jacques Martin, an enormously popular French TV personality, her second husband was Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French President, and she is currently married to Richard Attias, an international businessman.

But who is the woman behind the successful men? The slight sense of disappointment I felt wh Cecilia Attias, formerly Sarkozy, formerly Martin, formerly Ciganer-Albeniz, is one of those women who is at risk of being considered only in the context of the men envle married. The slight sense of disappointment I felt when I finished the book is vdrite best explained by the fact that it is perhaps more of vsrite personal manifesto than a memoir. No scandalous revelations about her life at the Elysee Palace, no juicy tidbits about her decision to leave Sarkozy inthen come back, then leave him again for good in On one hand, I applaud her for her discretion and sense of restraint.

On the other hand, what is there then left to write about? Some generic description of the various official residences that she lived nevie with Sarkozy, and then pages and pages about her personal convictions, her values, her interests. Some of these are heartfelt, for instance her description of how, despite being raised Catholic, she had evolved into being a supporter of gay marriage and adoption by gay couples. Some of them elicit little more than a yawn – French society is a mess, really?

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The tabloid press hounds celebrities and gerite pleasure in showing them in an ugly light- really? There are only two parts of the book that I found truly interesting. The first was the account of her happy childhood, as the daughter attis a multicultural family in s and s Paris. The other is the episode of the Df nurses.

While First Lady of France, Cecilia personally conducted some harrowing negotiations with Colonel Khadaffi of Libya, which resulted in the release of a group of Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who had been kept imprisoned on trumped-up charges for years. This story was fascinating, decilia it afforded a view into the modus operandi and life of Khadaffi. This episode was clearly one of the defining events in Cecilia’s life, the one that she refers to, together with the raising of her 3 children, as her crowning achievement.

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The final part of the book is about her determination to help other women, via the foundation she created for this purposes. Here, too, I found nothing I hadn’t heard before. Women are having a hard time of it in many parts of the world. Sexual slavery is still common.

Something needs to be done about this. It wasn’t really clear to me how her foundation would tackle all the problems she mentioned. I actually got a little tired of the repeated assurances that helping others was what she wanted to do, was her mission in life.

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Sometimes the tone was faintly self-congratulatory. For instance, she managed to get 30 computers donated to a charitable foundation. Lovely-except that these were computers that her daughter’s employer was about to scrap.

Hardly an act of heroic self-sacrifice. The one thing that comes through in the book is her sense of self-discovery.

Cecilia grew up at the tail end of the era when young women were not necessarily encouraged to have a career and be self-supporting. And so she regrets not having continued her veritf lessons. She regrets that her parents didn’t force her to continue her law studies. Her main ambition was to be a mother. She tried to figure out what she was supposed to do as the spouse of a political star.


She left Sarkozy because she was not the person she wanted to be in that life. Now, she is dedicated to advocating for women’s rights.

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The sense I get is that of a fundamentally reserved woman who has finally met her soul mate, and who has finally made her peace with being a public figure. Feb 09, Audrey rated it liked it. Especially the part about the nurses in Libya. The few pages about Dubai were a bit awkward.

Ms Attias obviously lived there at a sad part of her life and did not grasp any of the Middle East culture and especially the Emirati one.

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