French President Nicolas Sarkozy and First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy arrive at Fort-de-France airport in Martinique on Jan. 7 to deliver the New Year's address to French overseas territories. Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
President Sarkozy and his then-girlfriend, Italian supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni, vacation at the Giza Pyramids, outside Cairo, Egypt, in 2007. Ben Curtis/AP/File
France's first lady Carla Bruni kisses President Sarkozy at a cafe in the gardens of the Versailles Chateau near Paris the day after they wed at the Elysee Palace in 2008. The two were married just three months after they started dating. Antoine Gyori/Reuters/File
Britain's Prince Charles kisses the hand of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as President Sarkozy looks on during welcoming ceremonies at London's Heathrow Airport in 2008. Steve Parsons/AP/File
President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy arrive at the Hotel Marigny in Paris to attend the traditional garden party as part of the celebration of Bastille Day in 2008. Stephane de Sakutin/Reuters/File
President Sarkozy is greeted by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as he arrives on the presidential tribune to attend the Bastille Day military parade in Paris in 2009. Philippe Wojazer/AP/File
President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy arrive at the Elysee Palace following the Bastille day parade in Paris in 2009. Philippe Wojazer/Reuters/File
President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy pose with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Pittsburgh G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 2009. Chris Wattie/Reuters/File
President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy visit the Paoli-Calmettes Institute in Marseille in 2009. Sarkozy unveiled France's second national plan against cancer during a speech. Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/File
President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy visit the BBC's Broadcasting House in London in 2010. Lionel Bonaventure/Reuters/File
More than a year after President Goodluck Jonathan vowed to eradicate the radical Islamists, the group is taking towns in the northeast. Can it create an Islamic caliphate?
ByHeather Murdock, Correspondent
Early this month a purported Boko Haram spokesman phoned reporters and spoke in gloating tones. Abu Zinnira, as he called himself, said his extremist group now controlled towns and villages in northern Nigeria.