Isabelle! "," Oh, Isabelle! "She talks too much, Isabelle. And too strong. And as a man. He has both hands on the brake. An old couple, old reproaches, in old photos of Jacques Chirac. He always thought she talked too much, she always wanted to furnish his absences. Isabelle and Patrick Balkany, darlings ripoux of Levallois-Perret, passed in order by limousine box, cigars, and policy, for the sections to scandals, the court declares him ineligible, by political repudiation, the marital crisis, by the Caribbean are back by the grace of the polls. A ballot for Mr. and Mrs. for mayor, yet another for Madame the General Council. And here they returned to their furniture.
Well almost. The luxurious 500 square meter polished by the staff of the mayor and noticed by justice was sold, the mill Giverny is too far, so we had to move in with the eldest daughter, 24, in Levallois-center. "She hosts us. Fortunately, she's single. "Then they walked into old lords, sometimes crossing the old Moroccans who called him" Mr. Balkany "and kissed her hand through the neighborhoods to which they gave the feeling of being rich "with me their children were leaving colony in the US, now they are in the Hollow", hardly looking notables and citizens who were the first to let go of them and were the first to return. "It's them more sensitive to the press," she said.
The Balkany reappear, without a shadow of remorse as Croesus of their Olympus money, ensuring that it does not corrupt the affluent. Him: "We have not made politics for money or social position. I was born into a wealthy family with a thriving family business. My parents had a triplex in Neuilly; as for my wife ... "She:" I had a lot more money at age 25, now ... "Him:" When we got married, we had a large apartment in Neuilly. .. "She:" The building belonged to my father. They lived there, they had a whole floor ... Looking back, I think that our mistake was to have left. We would have done better to stay in our 500 m2 Neuilly rather than live in front of the town hall, after all, it was close by. We, we said that we should stay where we are elected "him." If we live in public housing to make politics ... "And what happened to the yacht? She: "But what a yacht, it was a small boat, there was not even a cabin, we installed a terry towel to the back." Him: "Isabelle, Isabelle, let piss ..."
Two kids rich. Patrick Balkany is the son of Gyula Balkany, Hungarian Jewish immigrant who made his fortune in ready-to-wear after the war. The Rety shops in uptown, it was him, tall and elegant father, dressed to the nines. His shirt sleeves rolled up on sunny days to let bar mitzvah see his number camps. Isabelle Balkany is the Smadja family. The father made a fortune in the import-export and rubber in Tunisia and then in France, Uncle Charles bought the Artists related to Charlie Chaplin, and Uncle Albert was the owner of the newspaper Combat. This marriage of Ashkenazi to Sephardic is the exuberance that has prevailed.
Because it is the first and the last climber. A first journalist with Albert. Him: "She made 68, the Nagra on the back." She: "But, no. I was fighting, I organized the distribution of Duck chained inserted in the newspaper. "Later, she joined the communications department in Europe 1 and thickens its address book, political and media yarrow. "We are not married to politics. We had a lightning strike, we were in love, "she said. It was 1976, a few months later, the son of a good family entered politics. She with. "Bride full time" as he says. Head of family and bandleader. He says "I", she said "we." She is the head, it is the body. A Levallois, it is called "the Great".
When his first round leg with the barons of the right, met in the office of President Pompidou, where he did his military service, she pulls his sleeve like a tired wife too soft suits and takes in the trimmer suits of Chirac, Marie-France Garaud. The result, a year later, he is among the founders of the RPR Chirac. There is the Jewish mother of this woman. Monitoring of every moment. Incredible shooting in the permanence of Didier Schuller, old friend today on the run in the 1994 cantonal She notices something on the lips of her husband: "You got kissed by a slut?" He: "But there is only you who kissed me." She incredulously: "Hey, you're not in the countryside, you!" Him: "I am always in the Field" (1). Not always. When Chirac legislative causes in 1997, Patrick Balkany basks pill in the Caribbean with his friend Collaro, a pariah ineligible and balladurien. Then she called Charles Pasqua her protector, reminds him of the services rendered and tells him that she is going to show up and save the family brand of balkanization.
Two years earlier, however, he had left her. "He had the hotshot fifties. From at Isabelle Smadja, must have courage, "says a friend. He just lost the town hall, torpedoed by the RPR for supporting Balladur. It takes a small apartment and moved in with another, younger. The affair goes wrong since that youth tells him she wants to break up one day and rushed to the police station to tell that she was forced to perform oral sex under the threat of a weapon. News clippings. Isabella, wife left, goes to the PJ and says in effect: "My husband has never needed a gun to get a blowjob." They remained separated a year, he finally returned crestfallen. He had neither town nor mistress, she was mourned at the Corsica, not scratching his man, sure of his return. They went under the coconut trees. She: "We got a story of a banality: a man of 45 years married for twenty-seven years, attracted to a younger woman." Him: "You know, Isabelle, that it is I who have success ... "
All's well That ends well. She: "Politics can not be a powerful enough engine to reunite a couple." Should sentiment. And money. The Balkany still dragging a tax adjustment of $ 2.5 million, "Every month we pay, will have to live long", and also a slate of four million at the town hall. They changed glasses, less gilded, false intellectuals. They see come the judges who prowl again with old files under his arm. The conjuring trick is ready. There will, whatever happens, a Balkany for mayor of Levallois. He will say, old habit: "See with my double.".
(1) The Conquest documentary Christophe Otzenberger.
Isabelle and Patrick Balkany in 10 dates
1947: She was born in Boulogne-Billancourt.
1948: Born in Neuilly.
1975: They meet at Pen-Club.
1976: They marry and commit to the RPR.
1983 The Balkany Levallois remove the PC.
1995: They lose Levallois.
1996 They appear for embezzlement. He was sentenced on appeal to fifteen months in prison, suspended, two years ineligibility and 200,000 francs fine. She also ineligibility aside.
1997: Departure to the Caribbean.
March 2000: Two days of custody to the financial police.
March 18, 2001: They take Levallois.