London, May 8 : Their marriage rocked the entire world with criticism erupting from all directions, but now, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, himself has come forward to say that contrary to people's predictions his wife, Carla Bruni has not destroyed him.
The President rejected suggestions he had bitten off more than he could chew with his new wife, who had a tempestuous past love life and recently admitted to finding monogamy boring.
"Some predicted that Carla would destroy me but she hasn't. She has not completely changed me either," the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
Also, since their wedding, Sarkozy has toned down his flamboyant, showy style - as a reaction to public disapproval but also, reportedly to the demands of his cultured, well-read wife.
The diminutive jogging-mad leader also railed against no longer being able to go for a run in the bois de Boulogne on the outskirts of Paris for fear of offending the French.
"Now I run four times a week in the Elysee gardens, which takes me 3 mins 15 seconds a lap," he said.