The presidential Elysèe palace has admitted that the reason for President Nicolas Sarkozy's 48-hour hospitalization this past weekend was a head-butt from Marie-Antoinette's ghost.
The French president who spends his weekends at the guillotined queen's chateau in the town of Versailles was flown by helicopter to Val-de-Grace military hospital in Paris on Sunday after having 'fainted while jogging' as was at first announced.
The truth is rather different.
President Sarkozy who takes himself for King Louis XV1 (like his wife Marie-Antoinette he too was guillotined during the French Revolution) was walking in the chateau's park when a beautiful but rather large and angry woman dressed in a pink crinoline dress and white-feathered hat stepped from behind a tree and blocked his way. The woman was instantly recognized as the dead queen, or rather, as her ghost, and before the president's 155 Kalashnikov-armed bodyguards could shove her out of the way, she had downed him with a head-butt.
"Ze prezidon ... he vent down without zaying a vorde," one of the bodyguards told this reporter.
Sarkozy had not only been knocked unconscious, he had also swallowed his set of false teeth, an heirloom which had been in the mouths of the Sarkozy men since it was made for his great-great-great-grandfather, a Magyar highway robber.
The president's arrival at the hospital caused consternation because of his strange attire.
He was dressed in a white shirt with wide ruffled sleeves, an embroidered red velvet vest and baggy white breeches, white silk stockings, and black high-heeled shoes decorated with rubies and emeralds.
A wig of masses of talcum-powdered white curls completed his outfit.
Hospital staff failing to recognize Monsieur Sarkozy wanted to call the nearest lunatic asylum to remove the 'madman' but then the bodyguards explained that the president did not only take himself for Louis XV1 he also wore the dead king's clothes when at the Versailles chateau on weekends.
Paris mediums who have since the incident been in contact with Marie-Antoinette are reporting that she's told them that she never meant to harm President Sarkozy. She said that she did really think that he was her husband the late king. "It was the president's nose that fooled me," she said.