A much-awaited book on Nicolas Sarkozy by one of France's most famous playwrights, Yasmina Reza, goes on sale Friday, offering an up-close and personal view of the new French president.
Reza followed Sarkozy on the campaign trail for a year leading up to his election in May, notebook in hand to jot down his musings about power and politics, the men and women on his team and life in general.
....In an interview to the weekly Nouvel Observateur, Reza confided that she was impressed by Sarkozy, saying he had "superior intuition" and "real stature."
"I challenge anyone who has come up close to him not to be impressed," said Reza.
....There is little in the book on Sarkozy's mysterious wife Cecilia (Reza said she was not around during the campaign) and few words about Socialist challenger Segolene Royal.
"Is she helping me?" Sarkozy once commented about Royal's gaffes during the campaign. "I'm not sure. I'm not sure that being an idiot is necessarily a handicap in France."