Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, his wife Carla Bruni and their daughter Giulia attended the wedding of their mayor friend on Saturday as France suffered a record number of new daily coronavirus infections.
A group of over a hundred people gathered outside the town hall for more than half an hour, and applauded the ex-President and his family when they arrived, who could be seen wearing masks.
The groom - Franck Louvrier - is the mayor of La Baule-Escoublac, a commune on the west coast of France, near Nantes, and was Sarkozy's communications advisor during his presidency that ran from 2007 to 2012.
During the ceremony, Sarkozy gave a short speech to the groom and his new wife Sophie Jolivet, in which he emphasised the importance of commitment - in both love and politics.
'We live in a society where commitment is fought every day when it is only commitment that matters. In a commitment, we can make mistakes, we can make mistakes, we can fail,' he said according to Ouest France.
'Getting involved is the key to everything. What is politics if not the expression of feelings?' he asked.
Former President, Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and his wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy (right) accompanied by their daughter Giulia Sarkozy attend the wedding of their friend, Mayor of La Baule, Franck Louvrier with Sophie Jolivet at the City Hall of La Baule today
The groom, Franck Louvrier (right), was also Sarkozy's communication advisor during his time as the President of France. Weddings have been allowed in France after lockdown since June 2
The ex-president praised his former colleague and long-term friend's determination to become mayor of La Baule, saying: 'I can bear witness that Franck's dream was here, in this city! For so long, and it has been difficult. And without difficulties, there is no happiness.
'What gives things a price is that we had to fight. Franck is a courageous man. And courage is not a quality that is eminently shared. Franck wanted to share and show that he himself could be