Paris: France said on Tuesday that insults in
the Iranian media against first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who
has been branded an "Italian prostitute" who "deserves death",
"The insults in the daily Kayhan and picked up by
Iranian websites against several French figures, including Mrs
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, are unacceptable," foreign ministry
spokesman Bernard Valero said.
"We`re making this message known through normal
The Iranian press reacted with fury last week after
Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of France`s President Nicolas Sarkozy,
made a public statement in support of an Iranian woman who has
been sentenced to be stoned to death.
She and other French personalities signed a petition
calling for Tehran to release 43-year-old mother-of-two
Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, whom an Iranian court has
convicted of adultery and complicity in her husband`s murder.
The case has triggered an international outcry, and
the French government -- already at loggerheads with Iran`s
Islamic regime over its alleged nuclear arms programme -- has
made a formal protest and threatened sanctions.
But it was Bruni-Sarkozy`s intervention that caused
the biggest stir in Tehran, with the conservative Iranian
press lashing out at the 41-year-old upermodel-turned-singer`s
formerly colourful private life.
"Reviewing Carla Bruni`s record clearly shows why
this immoral woman has supported an Iranian woman who has
committed adultery, has contributed to the murdering of her
husband and has been sentenced to death," Kayhan newspaper
"In fact, she herself deserves death," the paper
added, labelling the French first lady an "Italian
Earlier this year, Sarkozy and Bruni-Sarkozy were
forced to deny unsourced Internet rumours that they had both
had affairs. Prior to her marriage to the president,
Bruni-Sarkozy made no secret of not being monogamous.
While this has caused few waves in France, where
public figures are seen as being entitled to keep their
private lives private and extramarital sex is not taboo, it
has been seen as a mark against her in conservative Iran.