London: His country may be on the verge of a financial meltdown, but Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi still finds himself unable to take his attention from women, even if it’s just for a short while.
While the lower chamber of deputies discussed crucial finance issues, MP Michaela Biancofiore, 40, gently placed her hand on Berlusconi`s chest as she leaned in closely to whisper into his ear words of encouragement, reports the Daily Mail.
As Berlusconi began to giggle, the Italian Foreign Office Minister tenderly squeezed his chin.
The pair held hands during their hushed conversation, which left them both smiling.
Biancofiore, a member of Berlusconi`s People of Freedom Party, has been a long-term friend of the flamboyant Prime Minister.
Last year, she was on hand to comfort him after he was hit in the face with a metal and plaster statue of Milan`s Gothic Cathedral in January 2010.
Berlusconi attended her 40th birthday shortly afterwards and seemed very amused when he presented him with a cake showing a picture of the pair of them on the campaign trail.
Biancofiore is one of a coterie of extremely attractive female MPs who Berlusconi has promoted, giving them plum positions in the Italian Parliament.
In an interview, she claimed that he had ``nurtured her politically”.`
It`s not the first time Italy`s leader has been caught enjoying female attention during stuffy parliamentary debates.
In June, the renowned ladies` man was pictured having an intimate chat with Tourism Minister Michela Vittoria Brambilla.
He is currently facing a charge of having sex with an underage prostitute after it emerged one of the guests at the parties held last year was at the time just 17 years old.