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Stiff upper lip is key to fighting the lines of age

SARAH VINE

Published 16/03/2010 | 05:00

France's First Lady Carla Bruni, like every woman, is under growing pressure to remain looking young for even longer
France's First Lady Carla Bruni, like every woman, is under growing pressure to remain looking young for even longer

PITY poor Carla Bruni. When she swept Nicolas Sarkozy off his dainty little feet, she probably had no idea quite how far into the public consciousness their romance would pitch her.

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The prospect of being the most photographed woman in France may even have appealed to her -- she is, after all, a model and singer, both professions that thrive on press exposure. But politics is a vicious game: the scrutiny is unrelenting.

Last week, after speculation that she and her husband were both having affairs, she was photographed looking distinctly tense. Crucially, Bruni herself appeared quite unlike her normal, dewy self. Her smile seemed frozen, her gaze positively glacial, her complexion strained. Was this just a sign of the pressure she was under; or were there other forces at work?

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