Uproar over Carla Brunis outspoken attack on Italian PMs Obama suntan ”joke”November 10th, 2008 - 1:57 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 10 (ANI): French first lady Carla Bruni has raised a fresh controversy by slamming Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for his suntan remark about U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
The pop singer-wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy also denounced France for systemic racial discrimination.
It is feared that her comments may risk Frances split from the rest of Europe.
The 40-year-old supermodel has roused many with her outspoken support for a petition in favour of affirmative action in France in the wake of Obamas presidential victory.
And the Italian-born icon of leftwing chic raised many eyebrows when she commented in Berlusconi’’s joke, in which he had remarked that Obama had an admirable suntan.
When I hear Silvio Berlusconi … joke about the fact that Obama is always tanned, that makes me feel funny. That will be put down to humour. But often, I am very happy that I have become French, Times Online quoted her as telling le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.
Brunis comments might have risked embarrassing her rightwing husband, who is seeking Berlusconis support for a pan-European initiative to rescue the world economy.
The lady in question also condemned Frances failure to integrate its big population of black and North African immigrants.
She has even backed a manifesto, called Yes We Can, by a campaign for affirmative action, against the failure of mainstream France to offer equal job opportunities and education to the descendants of non-white immigrants.
Power (in France) has often had the same face: that of men who are white and ageing. That is why I can identify with this appeal. Without political measures we will be waiting too long, she said.
France has Europes biggest Muslim population. (ANI)
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