Audience with francis

Audience with francis

Pope Francis receives… © Giorgio Onorati

Audience with francis

…Nicolas Sarkozy with wife Carla Bruni © Yoan Valat

France's ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy will receive a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican next Monday. The press office of the Holy See had confirmed corresponding media reports.

This was reported by the French newspaper "La Croix" (online edition Wednesday). According to the letter, Sarkozy, president of the French Republic from 2007 to 2012, had already sought a meeting with Francis in 2014, but to no avail.

Carla Bruni wants to accompany Sarkozy

In France, Sarkozy had caused a stir in January with a book in which, among other things, he professed a rethinking of his earlier positive stance on same-sex marriage. According to French media, Sarkozy, who is married for the third time, will be accompanied by his wife Carla Bruni during the visit to the Vatican.

Already two meetings with Benedict XVI.

Still in the year he took office, Sarkozy had been to see then-Pope Benedict XVI in December 2007. traveled to the Vatican. The two met a second time in October 2010; two years later, Sarkozy hosted Benedict XVI. in paris. In his capacity as president, Sarkozy also received the title of honorary canon of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. It is a privilege left over from the French kings.

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