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Fancy First Lady Steals Sarkozy's Mideast Peace Talk Thunder?

Fancy First Lady Steals Sarkozy's Mideast Peace Talk Thunder?

Though his visit ended amid panic, France's Nicolas Sarkozy's first presidential visit to Israel this week made quite an impression. Sarkozy called on the country to stop settlement in the occupied West Bank, saying Mideast peace depends on Israel dropping its refusal to surrender sovereignty over parts of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinians. As compensation, he assured Israel that it could count on France's support in halting Iran's nuclear program.

Sarkozy praised Israel's democracy and quoted the biblical passage in which God promises the Holy Land to the children of Israel, drawing a mixed review of applause and scowls (from the handful of Arab members). Speaking to parliament he said:

"There cannot be peace without an immediate and complete halt to settlement," he said. "There cannot be peace without recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of two states and the guarantee of free access to the holy places for all religions."

Sarkozy's address follows fluffy weekend coverage of his arrival by the country's newspapers that seemed more preoccupied with his Italian singer First Lady Carla Bruni than his agenda. According to the AP, the front pages of Monday's newspapers were filled with pictures of a smiling Carla "overshadowing her husband." For a preview of their coverage,


The Haaretz daily, which is Israel's oldest daily newspaper, featured a front page close-up of Carla, taken as the couple arrived at Israel's international airport Sunday, with Sarkozy and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the background.

Israel's largest daily, Yediot Ahronot, used the front page headline "Queen Carla" to tease a spread with a collage of her photos and a celebrity style-esque breakdown of her wardrobe — including the $2,500 Prada dress she wore upon arrival, a $1,200 purse and a $650 pair of sandals.


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dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I don't know about this guy. How can anyone take him seriously as he flaunts his new trophy wife amid peace talks in the middle east? He is making a fool of himself. I like seeing an attractive first lady, but if she acts as like she's on a runway, she'll be laughed at, and his presence will become a joke. They need a new publicist.
stephley stephley 9 years
Wish I could make it talk, the accent is too delightful!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I didn't realize she was a singer as well--thought she was just a former supermodel. Stephley, sexxxxy avatar :D
stephley stephley 9 years
She always looks worn out and tacky to me. Not a good advertisement for French sophistication.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
i have some dresses and tops that are so tight I can't wear them with a bra. that might be the case with this dress. it looks like if she ate a big lunch a seam might rip. sorry guys. :) I think her intended look was "demure" but it missed the mark for me.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
She probably read the other post and donated them to save stranded hikers.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
you know, this was a pretty imporant event. I can't believe she forgot to pack a bra.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I think it's safe to say that President Sarkozy has a very healthy heart. I think it is delightful that the things that matter most in this World Peace and Fashion can share the stage so eloquently.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
every = ever. My fingers love doing extra worky.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
When you are Sarkozy, what difference does it make how many wives you have? You make love to each of them as if they were the only wife that every existed!
stephley stephley 9 years
Or the wife before Carla, I don't know which number she was.
stephley stephley 9 years
His first wife was prettier.
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