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Sarkozy Removes Tall Bodyguards

France President Nicolas Sarkozy has removed tall bodyguards who make him look short.  Sarkozy fears the taller guards, who surround him for his own protection, have a habit of making him look even smaller than

PTI [ Updated: June 08, 2010 20:44 IST ]
sarkozy removes tall bodyguards
sarkozy removes tall bodyguards

France President Nicolas Sarkozy has removed tall bodyguards who make him look short. 

Sarkozy fears the taller guards, who surround him for his own protection, have a habit of making him look even smaller than he is, according to police sources.

The 55-year-old is famously sensitive about his 5ft 5in height and favours wearing platform shoes to disguise his diminutive stature.

He has also stood on a box while delivering a speech next to lanky American President Barack Obama and was last year accused of stage managing a photo opportunity with factory workers by insisting those who took part were no taller than him.

Sarkozy's armed guards — attached to what is known as the GSPR — now face a harder time getting a job protecting the French premier if they do stand tall.

The move comes despite the fact they stand a better chance of spotting trouble and after he chose leggy former model Carla Bruni, 42, for a wife.

She measures a sky-scraping 5ft 10ins and often wears flat shoes to avoid rubbing salt into his wounds.

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