France Insider/Paul Ben-Itzak

April 16, 2008

‘Carla Bruni, Saviour of French Culture?’

Filed under: Uncategorized — franceblogger @ 2:48 pm

Okay, so I missed one other big miss in my commentary of yesterday on Michael Kimmelman’s otherwise lucid Times piece, ‘A lowbrow in high office ruffles France.’ France Culture morning commentator Olivier Duhamel, in an otherwise neutral report to radio listeners on this (Times) piece which was apparently the talk of the town Tuesday, ended with bemusement at Kimmelman’s suggestion that perhaps Madame Sarkozy, a.k.a. Carla Bruni, could bring high culture back into French high office, a la Jackie Kennedy, whose style she tried to echo during the Sarkozys visit to London, even up to the pillbox hat. Here I would echo Duhamel and, I think much of France, which sees the Bruni marriage as yet another attempted sleight of hand by a president who would rather we think of his glamorous conjugal life than how daily living is becoming harder for the rest of us: The hat does not make the woman.

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