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Carla Bruni — The 21st Century's Marie Antoinette?

Carla Bruni — The 21st Century's Marie Antoinette?

Outrage over bailed out executives taking home large bonuses and financing expensive trips all on the taxpayer's dime seems more than reasonable. And I can only imagine how angry those who lost their life savings to Bernard Madoff must be at the fact that the alleged swindler is still living in luxury on Park Avenue. But another set of rich people, who have arguably done nothing wrong, are gaining the public's wrath. The latest target — wealthy politicians.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni have come under fire in France for taking a luxurious vacation in Mexico.

After news leaked that the first couple was staying in a luxurious one-bedroom villa, the French became outraged. Overall the two-day stay, including security and staff, cost $100,000. No one's quite sure who footed the bill, but the president's staff says it wasn't the government. Still, many are offended by the extravagance in the face of rising unemployment and hardship.

We all remember how John McCain's failure to remember how many homes he owned bankrupted his campaign. In a democracy, should well-off leaders live within their own means, or within the means of the struggling public?


dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I think leaders of the world should be mindful of thier responsibilties and the leadership we are all looking for in them to help us in these troubled times. To see them spending time on expensive vacations is not the message they should be sending right now. Its easy to understand how people feel betrayed and even enraged by such extravagant behaviors. However what did France expect anyway? Thier president and wife came from affluent backgrounds. She's not exactly Evita is she? They are just doing as they always have and always will.
Carla Bruni was one of the most highly paid models of the 90s, then started a successful music career. She's also the stepdaughter of Alberto Bruni Tedeschi (Italian tire magnate and classical composer). Pinning all of these vacations on the gall of Sarkozy is presumptuous. Carla is a rich, rich woman. Perhaps she's footing the bill? Also, wasn't the vacation just two days? That sounds like a weekend of fun for newlyweds.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
It's the vacationing I'd be upset about, not the money. Who cares how much of their own money they spent. I'd just be POd that they're having fun instead of fixing our problems. They are human though, they have to take a break sometime.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years
Why can't they spend their own money? Sounds like sour grapes to me.
stephley stephley 8 years
You take this article and combine it with Lilie's, and Sarkozy starts to look dangerously stupid.
Lilie Lilie 8 years
It's not that simple : "oh give them a break it's their own money". You have to put it in perspective with this : One of the first thing he did as a President was to raise his salary by 140%.Good signal to his people... And to answer the question in the title, yes, I would happily cut her head off ! :)
geebers geebers 8 years
Hmm I think we can agree that if it is their money they have a right to spend how they wish HOWEVER if you are a leader of your country then you are the face and figure of the people - and flaunting your wealth when your people are suffering seems in poor taste to me.
stephley stephley 8 years
It's not just one vacation... "but the couple took a luxury break in Brazil and then in late February took 20 bodyguards with them for a skiing break in the French resort of Megève, where a suite costs around £900 a night." so I can see why they have a p.r. problem.
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 8 years
It's different in France...besides the fact that they love their unions and fight for their rights every chance they get (which I find incredibly inspiring), their ideology is totally different. it's mild socialism and they don't give a damn if you earned all that cash the honest way - just don't bloody flaunt it!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Since the Democratic party wants us to be more like the Europeans, should we be getting ready to lynch our politicians? There are a few I'd like to save, like Feingold (WI) and Evan Bayh (IN).
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
While I can understand the concern that they used taxpayer/government money, as long as it was their own money, no one should be squawking.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
If they used their own money people need to fall back and leave them alone why should they pretend to be struggling in order to satisfy others, that is not fair at all. Stephley I mam sure they had a ot of security, I remember the US doing th same thing with my country and telling Americans to leave but tourists are usually safer than actual citizens
stephley stephley 8 years
Since Mexico's on the U.S. 'government could collapse at any time' list I wonder why they'd choose that as a vacation spot.
tlewis tlewis 8 years
Sarkozy's $100,000 dollar weekend is good for the economy.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
That isn't fair that just because they are rich they are forced to live well below their own means so the public doesnt feel bad. Hate to say it but if I had their kind of money I would probably be taking a nice trip somewhere warm too. As long as its not taxpayer's money or gov't funds I really don't see what the big deal is.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
If they spent their own money on their vacation, I see nothing wrong with it. Now if the French gov't was paying for it, I think the French people would have every right to be mad. But I didn't realize not remembering how many homes McCain had was what bankrupted his campaign... I always thought Palin did that.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
If these people are independently wealthy, have worked for thier money (or even inherited it) they deserve to have whatever rewards they want, are they expected to not take vacations? or buy houses? do we expect them to hide away in their homes waiting for the recession to be over with so they can "spare" us from seeing them enjoy life?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
*can't (spend) two days
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Well if I were a French citizen I wouldn't give a damn if they spent their own money for a get away. If I were in their position I would be like look ya'll my job is hard I need a damn break! Honestly I can't two days to go lay on the beach and relax and make whoopi with my women (oh lord the thought just made me queezy). Besides when I get back I'll be relaxed and ready to do my job better.
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