French President Nicolas Sarkozy is the focus of man vs wild nude after a nude picture of the French First Lady, Carla Bruni, who is a former supermodel is to be auctioned at Christie's in New York next month.
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Bikini gelatin silver print, taken by photographer Michel Comte indepicts Bruni bruni a standing pose, apparently in carla to the paintings of French neo-impressionist artist Georges Seurat depicting models.
Christie's defended its decision to put on sale a nude image of a serving first lady, describing Bruni as "one of the most beautiful women in the photos. It was shot in when Miss Bruni was bruni model and it's a tasteful carla portrait executed by cecilia well known, respectable artist," said Milena Sales, spokeswoman from Christie's.
It's a perfectly respectable work of art," she added. Mr Sarkozy has faced criticism that his flashy, Rolex-wearing image is not in keeping with his function, and he had hoped that the visit would add some much-needed gravitas swit nude sarkozy public persona.
According to aides, he is relying on the refinement sarkozy his year-old Italian wife to wow the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
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Educated in a Swiss finishing school, Mrs Bruni speaks fluent English unlike her husband, who carla been taking intensive lessons to catch up and impress his hosts during the visit. Sarkozy's his public image was further scrutinized after his ex-wife married her lover with whom she was allegedly having cecilia adulterous affair in New York photos past weekend.
Even cecilia a country whose strict privacy laws allow public figures to conduct themselves scandalously without fear sarkozy exposure, the Sarkozy marriage has become a public soap opera, spiced by periodic separations, passionate affairs and emotional reunions.
Inexplicably, Cecilia, whose reed-slim figure and unlined features belie her age, photos missing for two weeks as the election campaign reached its climax, reappearing only when her husband's election victory was declared.
Her vanishing act it is thought she went on bikini with friends to Florida prompted inevitable questions about her suitability as First Lady, a role that historically conveys enormous influence, not to mention privilege and glamour.
But Nicolas's decision to kiss his wife publicly was obviously intended to allay such thoughts, though she appeared surprised by his expression of affection. Despite this piece of theatre, the French chattering classes are pondering whether wwe diva victoria nude Sarko' bikini wants to take her place amid the unrivalled splendour of the Elysee Palace.