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August 6, 2007 at 5:21 PM

Ex-Microsoftie hosting testy French president

I’m just catching up on my French gossip and found out that a former Microsoft VP owns the New Hampshire lakefront estate where French President Nicolas Sarkozy is vacationing (and blowing his top over the paparazzi …)

Sarkozy is staying in Wolfeboro at a 62-acre retreat owned by Michael Appe, a former Microsoft vice president of reseller and end-user sales.

I’m guessing it’s the same Michael Appe who asked the Justice Department here to quickly settle its antitrust case against the software company.

Here’s a paparazzi gallery with a few shots of Appe’s place, in case you’re looking for a rental next summer.

The Boston Globe did a nice job writing about the scene last week.

Appe rents his pad for $30,000 a week, according to this AFP report.

Here’s a video tour that Appe gave a local TV station, before Sarkozy began chasing away reporters:

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