Lynn Sweet - Politics Daily
The French Embassy in Washington is denying a report in a new book that French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy claimed Michelle Obama said her life was "hell" since her husband won the presidency.
Bruni-Sarkozy "distances herself completely from the content of the book 'Carla and the Ambitious,' which was not authorized and the authors alone are responsible for its contents. The words attributed to the First Lady of the United States were never said," Emmanuel Lenain, a spokesman for the embassy, said in a statement issued Thursday.
Mrs. Obama spokesman Catherine McCormick-Lelyveld told...
Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
French first lady Carla Bruni shocked Michelle Obama by trying to compare notes on their sex lives, Jonathan Alter reports in "The Promise: President Obama, Year One." Bruni, the Italian wife of French President Nicholas Sarkozy, "delighted in telling friends that she shocked Michelle Obama at their first meeting" by informing her that "the press of state business prevented her husband from making love to her as much as she would like," Alter writes.
He also says of Bruni that "in her telling, they once kept another foreign leader waiting while they finished having sex. Bruni wanted to know...
David Sessions - Politics Daily
President Nicolas Sarkozy of France spent Tuesday afternoon meeting with President Obama, discussing Afghanistan, possible U.N. sanctions for Iran and a controversial defense contract that angered European countries. At a late afternoon press conference, the two presidents told reporters that they trust each other completely and that their relationship represents unprecedented honesty between the United States and France.
Sarkozy's two-day trip to the United States was designed to show that he is working with the United States on Afghanistan and economic issues as France prepares to take over...
Dana Kennedy - AOL News
NICE, France (Feb. 2) – French first lady Carla Bruni has decided to stand by her man rather than her singing career, at least when it comes to this month's San Remo music festival in Italy.
The Italian-born Bruni was scheduled to sing at the festival's competition but she abruptly pulled out, apparently because another singer at the festival plans to perform a song mocking her husband, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
TV presenter Massimo Giletti announced Bruni's decision to cancel her appearance Sunday night on the Italian state channel Rai Uno, telling millions of viewers watching...
Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Michelle Obama's visit this weekend to Paris will no doubt bring out dusty recollections of Jackie Kennedy's successful trip to La Ville-Lumière in 1961 when the recently installed first lady charmed Charles DeGaulle and the citizens of France simply by dressing well and speaking French. Mrs. Obama, also known for her fashion sense, has her own skills and talents, but the bar has been raised since the 1960s, and the French now have a first lady who takes showmanship into a whole different league....