Dominique Desseigne, rich widower and head of a chain of casinos and luxury hotels. Desseigne (68) has denied he is the father of the child and refuses to take a test that would confirm or rule out his paternity. He is perceived as a ladies' man with many conquests to his name since the death of his wife in 2001, but he claims that during their brief romance in 2008 Dati had eight other boyfriends − among them a TV host, a government minister, a brother of Nicolas Sarkozy, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar, the Qatari Attorney General, and the heir to a luxury goods empire.
The court in Versailles will pronounce itself on the matter on December 4th. Meanwhile, the topic has been widely covered by newspapers and magazines, providing a welcome change from the Hollande-Trierweiler gossip which appears to be finally running out of steam.
|Karima el-Mahrough, alias Ruby Rubacuori|
One afterthought: In the various reports I read or heard about the ravages of Sandy, there never was any mention of the fact that in the United States overhead power lines are still very common outside city centers while in Europe they are rare. Since storms are not rare and often knock down trees and power lines, causing power outages which can last days, these recurring incidents are costly and at the very least disruptive. I remember that in Washington, DC, where trees have rather shallow root systems, fallen trees and power failures were a regular occurrence, and the fireworks caused by downed power lines in Queens that caused 120 houses to burn to the ground were clear evidence of their potential danger. The cost of putting power lines underground cannot possibly outweigh the tragedy of these fires.
|Passenger-and-car ferry stranded in Marseilles|
Russian menu in Limassol, Cyprus
Next year's 100th Tour de France will take off in Corsica on 29 June 2013. The sixth étape - 176 km between Aix and Montpellier - will depart from Aix-en-Provence on July 4th. The last time the Tour came through Aix was 51 years ago.
A wave of Tour-mad fans and its surrounding circus is expected to roll into town where the annual Opera Festival and the International Economic Forum will be taking place at the same time. It will be a logistical challenge for the city of Aix-en-Provence where even in normal times hotel rooms are hard to get during the month of July. Apparently, some local hotels are already fully booked, so if you have any contacts in the area, you may want to start calling and get re-acquainted.