Not only are fierce French political rivals President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate Francois Hollande cousins, but so are their romantic partners, a genealogist has revealed.

Sarkozy and Hollande, battling it out ahead of next month's presidential election, share a 17th century ancestor, a peasant named Claude Labully-Burty, said genealogist Jean-Louis Beaucarnot, family tree to hand.

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