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In photos: Not so fast, Trudeaus – 7 other hot political couples from around the world

Welcome to the party, Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau. They'll be the most talked about political couple for days (maybe even years?) to come in Ottawa. But on the international stage, their star wattage pales just a bit. Here are a few of the hottest political couples from around the world

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Now that Justin Trudeau is Liberal Party leader, that may officially make him and his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, Canada’s golden political couple -- for lack of a better alternative.

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Here they are with their son Xavier and daughter Ella-Grace, reacting after he was named the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in Ottawa on April 14, 2013. They’re good looking, famous (she’s a television host with eTalk), and so very bland. We miss you Belinda and Peter.

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At least we have these two. Since the Lewinski scandal emerged in 1998, the Clintons' marriage served up enough intrigue to end his second presidential term -- although they may get a third, if Hillary Clinton makes a run to become the next Commander-in-chief. Where they’ve always been most in sync is on the political stage -- so, blue dress or not, their devotion to the cause may be the most enduring part of their narrative. Here, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledge someone in the audience during the Clinton Global Initiative 2012.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy, of course, scandalized France when he left his second wife, Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz, for Carla Bruni - the top model turned songstress known for her free-wheeling lifestyle.

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On the other hand, there’s Setrida Geagea, the gorgeous Lebanese politician and activist who fought for more than 11 years to free her husband, Samir Geagea, the Christian Lebanese Forces party leader, who was jailed for political reasons. Here they are attending a ceremony commemorating the sixth anniversary of the assassination of Sunni Muslim tycoon and former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, in Beirut February 14, 2011.

Joseph Eid/Reuters

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Californians have Gavin Newsom, left, celebrating here with his then-wife Kimberly Guillfoyle Newsom, center, after winning the election for Mayor of San Francisco on Dec. 9, 2003. San Francisco's version of Camelot came to an end when Newsom and the former prosecutor turned television personality (shown here on Jan. 5, 2005) announced they were divorcing. After that it was revealed that the hunky Newsom, now California’s Lieutenant Governor, was having an affair with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, the wife of his former deputy chief of staff and then campaign manager. Newsome married actress Jennifer Siebel in 2008.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

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It can’t be easy being married to Russia's President Vladimir Putin. From an outsized ego to a penchant for shirtless photo-ops, his wife, Lyudmila Putina, who is shown here walking to a polling station in Moscow March 2, 2008, has surely had to put up with a lot.

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Including, apparently, this woman: Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast and now an elected member of the Russian parliament. She’s also Putin’s alleged mistress, and the mother of two of his children.

Vincent Yu/Associated Press

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Palate cleanser, anyone?

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