We all know Carla Bruni has been causing a nice stir in France. The ex-supermodel and singer recently married French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and things in the Palais de l’Elysée haven’t been the same since.
Taking advantage of her role as First Lady, Bruni-Sarkozy recently lobbied for legislation regarding French super-models smoking in public. Since January 2008 smoking in public has been banned in France, completely changing the local bistro culture. What stereoptypical French image doesn’t contain a cigarette?
Unfortunately, the ban has had a negative effect on some of France’s most beloved objects; super-models. Smoking suppresses hunger, something French super-models rely upon to keep their svelte figures. Bruni-Sarkozy — who easily associates with her supermodel comrades — took on the task of lobbying the French government to alter the ban to allow for super-models to smoke in public.
“This has nothing to do with general public health; these super-models are France’s national symbol and we can’t have them gaining weight just because they have an extra urge for a croissant. Allowing super-models to smoke is a way of preserving France’s sexy image,” said Bruni-Sarkozy in an official statement. Tu as tout à fait raison Carla!