He was Minister of the Budget in the government of Édouard Balladur (1993–95) during François Mitterrand's last term.During his term, he faced the late-2000s financial crisis (followed by the recession and the debt crisis caused by it) and the Arab Spring (especially in Tunisia, Libya, and Syria).PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday his relationship with model-turned-singer Carla Bruni is serious, and he suggested that wedding plans are in the works."There is a strong chance that you will learn about it after it's already done," he said at a wide-ranging news conference.During Jacques Chirac's second presidential term he served as Minister of the Interior except between March 2004 and May 2005 when he was minister of Finances.Sarkozy was also mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, one of the wealthiest communes of France, from 1983 to 2002.Sarkozy pointed out that journalists felt comfortable asking him questions they had never dared to ask his predecessors."I have been a part of a break with a deplorable tradition in our country: hypocrisy and lies," Sarkozy said.
Some analysts also say that Sarkozy's flaunting of his private life is a turnoff for many voters, especially more traditional ones.
In 2008, however, Bruni told Vanity Fair that her biological father is Italian-born Brazilian grocery magnate Maurizio Remmert.
When Remmert met Marisa Borini at a concert in Turin, he was a 19-year-old classical guitarist, and their affair lasted six years.
Sarkozy said he wanted to break with a long tradition of French leaders keeping their love lives secret, with the media's tacit accord.
He alluded to late former French President Francois Mitterrand, who kept the existence of a mistress and illegitimate daughter a secret for most of his 1981-95 presidency.