Carla Bruni apologises over anti-Semitic slur

Carla Bruni apologises for 'anti-Semitic' remark

France’s first lady, Carla Bruni, has issued an apology for comparing a French magazine to the wartime anti-Semitic press.

The French President’s wife was forced to apologise to Le Nouvel Observateur, after she called it a gossip magazine and asked that if it had existed in the war “what would have happened with the denunciation of the Jews?”

Le Nouvel Observateur is being sued by the Elysée for publishing on its website a text message allegedly sent by Mr Sarkozy to his ex-wife Cécilia, urging her to come back. It reportedly read: ‘If you come back, I will drop everything.’

Carla made her comments in an interview with L’Express. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Michael Labo, described the comments as ‘quite incredible and pathetic’.

Miss Bruni apologised in a statement, saying: ‘If I have offended anyone, I am extremely sorry. I just wanted to say how badly I view these personal attacks, which degrade reporting.’ ??Shortly afterwards, Le Nouvel Observateur’s director, Jean Daniel, apologised in turn, saying ‘we were wrong’ to publish the text message, even if he blamed Mr Sarkozy for ‘bringing his private life out into the open himself’.

In her interview with L’Express, the first since her marriage, Miss Bruni – who once dated Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger – promised to ‘do my best’ to be a worthy first lady, and to take the job ‘seriously’. She also said it was love at first sight when she first met Sarkozy.

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