Cécilia Attias
wife of French President
Cécilia Attias
Cécilia María Sara Isabel Attias (born 12 November 1957) was the second wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy until October 2007. She married Richard Attias, Executive Chairman of The Experience, an events management company, on March 23, 2008, in New York's Rockefeller Center.
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Cecilia Attias: Our World, Our Kids: Thinking of the Future
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In a fantastic photo essay published earlier this year, the photographer Gabriele Galimberti presented images of kids from across the world holding their most prized possessions. The pictures are stunning. In one, a little boy from Malawi called Chiwa stands beneath a mosquito net on a bed and wears a serious expression, showing viewers a dinosaur and two furry teddies. In another, Stella, from Italy, surrounds herself with pink and purple dresses and Barbie dolls. Some of the kids have an abundance of toys, others just one or two. But the images are a reminder of how uniquely special all children are. As Galimberti said, "At their age, they are pretty all much the same; they just want to play." Although much of the developed world has an aging population, in some regions the population is still very young. In the Arab world, for instance, 60 percent of the population is below the age of 25, and one in five people are between the ages of 15 and 24. In Africa, in 2010, 7 ...
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Cecilia Attias: Why We Need to Educate Girls
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Last month, Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old girl who had been shot by the Taliban near her home in Pakistan, returned to school in Birmingham, UK. It was a truly happy moment and marked a major step in her recovery. But there are all too many reminders of the challenges facing girls who seek an education in many parts of the world, and also the brave teachers who offer it. Just last week, a Pakistani woman was killed by Taliban gunmen on her way to the school where she taught. The data confirming the importance of girls' education are becoming increasingly familiar. When girls are educated, society benefits, through better health outcomes, higher crop yields, and an average rise of 3 percent in a country's GDP. On an individual level -- and increasingly necessary in an urbanized world -- education gives children the skills and values they will need for lifelong learning and professional success. Furthermore, as UNICEF points out, as long as equal education is unachievabl ...
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Cecilia Attias: Forging a Plan to End Violence Against Women
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The theme of this year's International Women's Day, coming up on March 8, is a strong desire to end violence against women and girls. In recent months there have been too many reminders of how urgently we need to address this cause, from the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in a Pakistani town to the killing of a young Indian student as she returned home from the movies. These tragic events are indicative of the deep problems that exist and the difficulties many women face when going about their daily lives. Violence against women may occur at home or in public spaces, and the motivations may be political or private. Unfortunately it is a phenomenon that almost all societies have in common. Yet we know that if women are to reach their educational potential and to live fulfilled lives, physical safety is a basic requirement. Children must be able to study and go to school without fear of reprisals. Young women must be able to move freely through cities' streets in day or nigh ...
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Cecilia Attias: Why Gender Equality Is Still an Issue
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Last week, there was some stunning news from the other side of the Atlantic. The Church of England's General Synod decided to ban women from becoming bishops. It was a close decision, lost by just six votes in the House of Laity (the other two Houses were in favor). Because of the way the rules work, it may be five years before a similar vote can be held again. The result has wide implications in Britain. The Church of England is the established church of the land and its bishops have a public profile, presiding over many ceremonies and state occasions. Twenty-six bishops sit in the House of Lords, and since women may not be bishops, this amounts to discrimination at a political level. Within the Church there is already talk of figuring out a way to turn the situation around. But the vote is a reminder of the discrimination that women continue to encounter, and the inequalities that persist in so many different realms of life and in almost every corner of the world. ...
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Cecilia Attias: Encouraging Girls to Get Into Sports
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
The British Olympic rower Helen Glover told the Telegraph recently that she nearly decided not to try out for her country's rowing team. She had just finished university and wanted to begin her career; but then she was offered a scholarship that gave her an opportunity to row for the first time. Within four years, she was an become an Olympic victor. "When I was at school I was quite strong-minded, I started up sports teams, I played in the boys' football team," she said in the interview. "But I was also frustrated at how much seemed available to the boys." In the U.S., the enactment of Title IX four decades ago gave girls equal opportunities to participate in school-based sports. America now has the highest participation rates in sport for women and girls in the world. Yet it remains the case that even here (particularly at college level), parity between men and women has not been reached. A major impediment to getting girls to practice sports may be one of funding, ...
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Cecilia Attias: Why We All Need to Be Aware of Breast Cancer This Month
Huffington Post - over 4 years
All around the world this October, you will notice the color pink. In Washington, D.C., the White House has been lit with soft-colored lights, New York's Empire State building is set to turn fuchsia this week and over the course of the month, landmarks will be aglow in Paris, Mexico City, London and Mumbai. These lights are to symbolize the importance of the early detection of breast cancer, an illness that remains the most common cancer to affect women in both the developed and the developing world. But there is an answer to this trend: The WHO states that, "Early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control." The main impediments to early detection, according to the WHO, are a lack of awareness about the disease and inadequate access to healthcare. Late diagnosis makes survival less likely, and of the half a million women who die of breast cancer each year, 70 percent are in the world's poorer nations. ...
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Cecilia Attias: Can We Talk About Abortion?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Recently the Rwandan government took a progressive step in its legislation. Women who are pregnant as a result of rape, forced marriage or incest, or whose pregnancy endangers their health, are now legally entitled to safe abortion procedures. Rwanda reduced criminal penalties against women who seek abortions and doctors who perform them, and lifted its reservation to article 14(2)(c) of the Maputo Protocol on women's rights -- the section of the Protocol which states that medical abortions should be permitted in cases of rape, incest, and endangerment of a woman's health. This decision by Rwanda is to be applauded as a major gesture in support of women (although recently there has been criticism of the Rwanda administration's approach to human rights in other respects.) The slow loosening of harsh attitudes towards abortion will make things better for many people in Rwandan society. The thing is that when governments ban abortion, that doesn't mean abortions stop. T ...
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Cecilia Attias: A World Without HIV
Huffington Post - over 4 years
What would the world look like without HIV? 34 million people would live freer, healthier lives. Communities that are currently affected would be thriving. Mothers would live to see their children grow up. There are so many individuals and organizations working to create that vision. And as they work towards that end goal, there are many critical shorter-term goals to strive towards. These steps - those already achieved and those remaining - were discussed at last week's international AIDS2012 conference in Washington, DC. This enormously important event has received a lot of coverage, including from my fellow Huffington Post bloggers. Christy Turlington Burns has given an excellent overview of the facts and figures of the progress that has been made. The actress Debra Messing wrote a powerful account of her meeting with a HIV positive woman in Zambia and her own decision to get tested. We cannot do enough to publicize this subject: to remind individuals to be responsib ...
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Cecilia Attias: Dialogue for Action Africa
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
On April 7th, 2012, Malawi elected its first female president. Mrs. Joyce Banda is the daughter of a policeman and the eldest of five children; her rise to power took her swiftly up through the ranks of a mainly conservative and male-dominated society. She is only the second woman to lead a country in Africa. The other is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia (and herself the recipient of a Nobel Peace prize). All too often western perceptions of the African continent are clichéd and outdated; yet these two African countries have elected women as their leaders, something that many western nations, including the United States, have yet to do. My Dialogue for Action Africa conference, which will be held in Gabon this year, celebrates these achievements. It also demands that more progress follow, not just in African countries but in lots of other nations too. We all know that women are at the center of our world's development. Women are the mothers who bear and ...
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Why women are better for business - New York Forum (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
“The glass ceiling still exists all over the world… and the man has more facilities to get to the highest level in companies,” Cecilia Attias pointed out. In 2011 it's still the case that women made up 12.5% of directors of FTSE companies, according
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Famosas atraídas por el poder de los políticos - Univisión
Google News - over 5 years
No había pasado un mes desde el divorcio oficial entre Nicolás y Cecilia Attias, en 20017, cuando el presidente se reunió en una cena en casa de Jacques Seguela, y conoció personalmente a Carla Bruni. Fue, según dicen, un auténtico flechazo
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Cécilia Attias à « L'OLJ » : « J'ai une tendresse particulière pour le Liban » - L'Orient-Le Jour
Google News - over 5 years
La Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women compte un bureau à New York avec une vingtaine de personnes, des centrales à Paris, à Dubaï et à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud. Une nouvelle antenne sera bientôt créée en Asie
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Nicolas Sarkozy şi Carla Bruni vor avea un băiat - Romania Libera
Google News - over 5 years
Nicolas Sarkozy este tatăl lui Pierre, 26 de ani, al lui Jean, 24 de ani, şi al lui Louis, 14 ani, ultimul din căsătoria cu Cecilia Attias. Carla Bruni mai are un fiu, pe Aurelien, care va face în curând 10 ani, din căsătoria cu filozoful Raphael
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Las delicias de la pasión - Milenio.com
Google News - over 5 years
Cecilia Attias, la ex del presidente francés Nicolás Sarkozy acaba de hablar en público por primera vez de un tema que la involucra directamente, en la medida en que ella misma abandonó a su marido mientras se desempeñaba como ministro del Interior,
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Different sensibilities, different results - New York Forum (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
by NYF Team on June 21, 2011 The afternoon session, “Different Sensibilities, Different Results,” brought together Cecilia Attias, Founder, Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women; Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair, Ernst & Young; Luis Alberto Moreno,
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Sarkozy's ex prepares her poison pen - The Australian
Google News - over 5 years
Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were discussing the Greek debt crisis in Berlin on the weekend, but back in Paris the big concern was the proposed "novel" by Sarkozy's former wife, Cecilia Attias. Source: Getty Images JUST when he thought
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前妻出書爆被毆 薩爾科齊尷尬 - 香港新浪網
Google News - over 5 years
(綜合報道)(星島日報報道)法國總統薩爾科齊的第二任妻子塞西莉亞(Cecilia Attias)準備出版新書,大爆薩爾科齊和她當夫妻時的鮮為人知負面內幕,勢令即將在明年爭取連任的薩爾科齊尷尬不已。 塞西莉亞據報出版的新書《小說》(Novel),是自傳式作品,擬定在明年出版,正
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cécilia Attias
    FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 50
    She married Attias, Executive Chairman of The Experience, an events management company, on 23 March 2008, at Rockefeller Center in New York.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2008, Cécilia Attias announced the launch of the Cécilia Attias Foundation for Women, which "helps to actualize concrete improvement in the lives of women around the world by providing a strategic, financial, networking, and media platform for established nongovernmental organizations, social enterprises, and associations that champion the cause of women's equality and well-being."
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    On 19 October 2007, an interview with Cécilia Sarkozy was published on the front page of L'Est Républicain, a regional French newspaper.
    More Details Hide Details In it, she admitted that she had run away with her lover, Richard Attias, in 2005 ("I met someone, I fell in love, I left") and that though she eventually returned to Sarkozy, they were unable to repair their marriage. "What happened to me has happened to millions of people: one day you no longer have your place in the couple. The couple is no longer the essential thing of your life. It no longer functions; it no longer works."
    On 18 October 2007 the Élysée Palace released a statement declaring that the Sarkozys “announce their separation by mutual consent.” Shortly afterwards, the palace corrected the separation announcement by stating that the Sarkozys had actually officially divorced.
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  • 2005
    Age 47
    Nicolas Sarkozy once declared that Cécilia Sarkozy was his "strength and his Achilles' heel". Nicolas Sarkozy wrote in his 2005 book, Testimony, "Today, Cécilia and I are reunited for good, for real, doubtless for ever...
    More Details Hide Details We are not able and do not know how to separate from each other." He has said his wife is his "true soulmate" and "the person without whom nothing I do would be possible". In July 2007, he said, "At the end of day, my only real worry is Cécilia." Rumors had circulated since Sarkozy's election as president in May 2007 that the couple had separated, and further rumors surfaced in the French media in October 2007 that they were soon expected to announce their plans to divorce.
  • 2002
    Age 44
    When her husband was a minister, Cécilia Sarkozy had an office next to his, serving as his close adviser. In 2002, she was appointed to the Office of the Ministry of the Interior.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005 she was appointed Chief of Staff for the UMP Party. Cécilia Sarkozy visited Libya twice in July 2007 to visit Muammar al-Gaddafi and helped in securing the release of five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor who had all spent years on Libya's death row after allegedly being tortured into confessing to infecting Libyan babies with the HIV virus. The French left asked for Cécilia Sarkozy to be heard by the Parliamentary Commission expected to be created in October 2007 concerning the terms of the release of the six, as she had played an "important role" in their liberation according to Pierre Moscovici (PS). The release process is described in the book Notes from Hell form the perspective of one of the medics, Valya Cherveniashka. Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz moved in with the popular French TV host Jacques Martin in 1983.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 39
    Six months later, on 23 April 1997, Cécilia Sarkozy gave birth to the couple's only child, Louis.
    More Details Hide Details Nicolas Sarkozy had two sons from his first marriage.
  • 1996
    Age 38
    Once Sarkozy had himself obtained a divorce in 1996, they married in Neuilly on 23 October 1996.
    More Details Hide Details The witnesses were Martin Bouygues and billionaire businessman Bernard Arnault.
  • 1988
    Age 30
    Cécilia Martin left her husband to live with Sarkozy in 1988 and obtained a divorce three months later.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 29
    In 1987, Sarkozy, who was married to his first wife at the time, met Cécilia Martin again and has said he felt "struck by lightning".
    More Details Hide Details Other sources, however, state that Sarkozy fell in love with the bride on their wedding day.
  • 1984
    Age 26
    They married on 10 August 1984.
    More Details Hide Details The wedding took place in Neuilly-sur-Seine at the town hall, and Nicolas Sarkozy, then the mayor of Neuilly, conducted the wedding. The Martins had two daughters, Judith Martin (b. 22 August 1984) and Jeanne-Marie Martin (b. 8 June 1987). She has a grandson, Augustin and a granddaughter Diane Elizabeth, born of her daughter Jeanne-Marie.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on November 12, 1957.
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