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SARKOZY AND BRUNI WED SIMPLY IN THE PALACE

They had a glitzy, jet-setting courtship, but when it came time for the wedding, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni opted for a simple, classic ceremony - and the bride wore white.

Sarkozy, 53, and Bruni, 40, were married Saturday in a small private ceremony at the presidential Elysee Palace, 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 said in a statement only that they tied the knot "in the presence of their families in the strictest privacy." The mayor who performed the ceremony filled in the details.

"The bride wore white; she was ravishing, as usual," Francois Lebel, mayor of Paris' eighth arrondissement, or neighborhood, told Europe-1 radio. The groom wore a suit and tie, and he "wasn't bad either," Lebel said.

The wedding is the third for Sarkozy, who has three sons. It was the first for Bruni, an Italian-born heiress.

Bruni has dated rockers Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, tycoon Donald Trump and actor Vincent Perez.

She has a young son, Aurelien, from a relationship with philosophy professor Raphael Enthoven.

In interviews well before she began dating Sarkozy, Bruni often talked freely of her love life, reportedly telling Madame Figaro magazine that she was "bored to death by monogamy."

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