By John Lichfield in Paris

Feb 4, The Independent

After his discreet wedding, there will be no honeymoon today for President Nicolas Sarkozy but a very public visit to a steelworks.

France's new first lady, Carla Sarkozy, *ée Bruni, is not expected to travel to the closure-threatened ArcelorMittal steel mill at Gandrange, in Lorraine, nor to accompany him when he jets off to Romania for the rest of the day.

Her first big outing as the première dame of France may well be a state visit to London scheduled for the end of March. The Sarkozys are expected to stay with the Queen at Windsor Palace and President Sarkozy is also said to have asked to visit Stonehenge.

News that M. Sarkozy, 53, had married the Franco-Italian pop singer, 40, in a brief ceremony in the "green room" beside the presidential office in the Elysée Palace leaked to the radio station, RTL.

Only 20 people attended the 10-minute ceremony on Saturday morning, mostly close family members and friends from the worlds of showbusiness, fashion and luxury goods.

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photo: France's first lady Carla Sarkozy kisses her new husband at Versailles, the day after their marriage (Reuters)