CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY (left) has apologised for her "very clumsy" remarks on feminism that prompted a flood of criticism against the former first lady of France.
The 44-year-old wife of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, drew an indignant response from women's rights campaigners this week after declaring: "We don't need to be feminist in my generation."
Instead she suggested a woman's place was in the home with her children.
In an interview for the January issue of ' Vogue' magazine, to be published tomorrow, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy added: "I'm not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I'm a bourgeois. I love family life, I love doing the same thing every day."
Her words drew an outraged response on Twitter. "75,000 adult women raped in France per year are sufficient to convince me that my generation needs feminism," wrote Claire S-C from the Osez le feminisme (Dare Feminism) group, which invited users to "explain to Carla Bruni why your generation needs feminism".
"You are a true bourgeoise. The only thing you're lacking is the intelligence to grasp the indecency of your remarks," posted the journalist Muriel Cousin.
In a phone interview with 'Elle's' French website, an apologetic Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy said she "completely understood" why her remarks could be viewed as shocking. "This phrase is very clumsy and poorly translates my thoughts. It should have read: 'I have never personally felt the need to be a feminist activist'," she told the fashion website. (© Daily Telegraph, London)