Tipsy Nicolas Sarkozy asked Queen if she gets bored

Thursday October 7, 2010

Teetoal French president Nicolas Sarkozy has recounted how he asked the Queen if she ever got bored after mistaking a gin and tonic for a glass of water.

The conversation took place during Mr Sarkozy's 2008 state visit to Britain with his new wife Carla – they married the previous month.

Recalling the incident at a ceremony in the Elysee Palace last month, the 55-year-old said: "(For) this trip with Carlita, we were both a bit tense."

He revealed that while sat next to the Queen at a state banquet for 160 guests he became "very thirsty".

"I took a glass. I thought it was water, but it was gin," he said. "You know I haven’t drunk (alcohol) in forty years."

And according to the president, the effect was instantaneous.

"It was when I asked the Queen whether she ever got bored and she replied, 'Yes, but I don’t say so', that I understood I'd been drinking."

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