Carla's fitting tribute to bling a la Francaise
It's alien to the Irish, the men in particular, but French men believe in flaunting their assets -- and those of their well-groomed wives, writes Aoife Drew
Can you imagine an Irish Taoiseach taking his wife to a reception wearing no underwear -- the wife I mean, not the Taoiseach? No you can't, and that's the difference between France and Ireland.
What's this about Carla wearing no bra? Last week, the French First Lady gave Russian president Dmitry Medvedev a very warm welcome at the Elysee Palace in Paris in a long, blue floor-length Roland Mouret gown which embraced her slim figure perfectly. In fact, it was so tight, it boldly revealed to all the world that, at 42, she has no need for a boulder-holder, and left us guessing about the rest.
Sarko is like the cat that got the cream. There he is in all the photos, beaming up at his very elegant and poised wife, looking like he can't believe his luck. He's pulled a supermodel, and he wants the whole world to know it. She can go from rock-star chic to demure conservative in a flash. But the President is not alone in France for his love of all that glitters -- far from it.