Toward the end of last month, French President Nicolas Sarkozy addressed Parliament, stating his position on burqas. He said the face-covering, body-length Muslim veils are an unacceptable symbol of “enslavement,” and that it’s not a religious issue, but simply a “sign of the subjugation, of the submission, of women.”
This discussion has resulted in threats from Muslim groups outside of France, but Parliament hasn’t made a decision on the matter just yet. A committee held its first meeting today, and Jean-Francois Cope, the head of the governing conservative party UMP, suggested a two-stage ban of burqas. Meaning there would be “six months to a year of dialogue, explanation, and warnings” before the ban would go into effect. Keep reading »
What’s better than the real Carla Bruni, dressed head-to-toe in Dior, as the first lady of France? Carla Bruni, 16 by 24-feet tall, dressed head-to-toe in nothing, as the subject of a 1994 nude portrait by American photographer Pamela Hansen.
Called “Carla Bruni in Bed,” the photo is, not surprisingly, an image of Bruni, well, in bed. But we’re not talking about the sort of “in bed” that you and I practice, complete with rumpled pajamas, day-old makeup and quite possibly a dirty sock static-clinging to the sheets. We’re talking mid-’90s-supermodel-dating-Mick-Jagger-at-the-time “in bed.” It’s totally different. And totally hot. Keep reading »
The September issue of Vanity Fair features French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on the cover, looking as effortlessly glamourous as ever wearing a classic white collared shirt, jodhpurs, and leather riding boots. Writer Maureen Orth spoke with Carla, and also met President Nicolas Sarkosy (who told her, “I am happy like nev-air.”), and the first lady seems absolutely charming. While some may think their whirlwind, three-month romance was too rushed and the relationship couldn’t possibly last (she didn’t even vote for him in the last election), we think it just might work, and here’s why.
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It seems that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has a type, and that type is ex-models—his ex-wife Cecilia used to pose for Schiaparelli, and this weekend he was seen with singer and former model Carla Bruni. He got divorced in October and he already has a hot new lady friend? Clearly, he lost no time. The two were photographed together at Disneyland in Paris on Saturday, though the Prez hasn’t copped to them being an item yet. We think the two would be an excellent match: While Cecilia didn’t accompany Sarkozy around town during the last presidential campaign, Carla probably wouldn’t mind making the rounds since she’s already famous and it could help her singing career — she’s ranked number 12,718 in music on Amazon.com, up from 13,156 earlier today. (We adore her and think she should be selling at least as many albums as the Enchanted soundtrack, which is ranked 83rd.) [AFP and Carla Bruni on MySpace ]
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