Thursday, June 10, 2010

French President Shares Passion for Stamps

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has written a letter to the French Federation of Philately Associations in which he said, “I share your passion for stamps. I have been a stamp collector since I was a young boy. This hobby is an opening to the world, to history, and to great events,” according to an article on Toronto's The website

Feature writer Oakland Ross pens, "Since Sarkozy became French leader in 2007, Queen Elizabeth has presented him with a rare set of British stamps issued in 2004 to celebrate the Entente-Cordiale, a series of agreements between the U.K. and France signed in 1904. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, has given him a leather-bound book of stamps."
Oakland points out, "It’s said Sarkozy’s primary philatelic interest involves Hungarian stamps, which comes as little surprise as he’s the son of a minor Hungarian aristocrat who immigrated to France after World War II."

Shown here, President Sarkozy and his wife, Italian-born, French songwriter, singer, and former model Carla Bruni.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM