Bruni Sorry for Nazi Outburst

First lady compared website editors to collaborationists
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 9:53 AM CST
In this Dec. 30, 2007 file picture, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, and his new girlfriend Carla Bruni, left, look up to the Sphinx at sunset in Cairo, Egypt. They were married Feb. 2, 2008 at...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – France's first lady of less than 2 weeks has already had her first run-in with the media, after incautiously comparing a gossip website with Nazi collaborators, reports the Independent. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy yesterday apologized for an interview in which she denounced a website that printed a dubious item about her new husband by saying, "If these types of websites had existed during the war, how many denunciations of Jews would there have been?"

The editor of the implicated Nouvel Observateur, which published a groveling text message Nicolas Sarkozy allegedly sent his ex-wife, blasted Bruni as "idiotic" and "pathetic." Sarkozy is suing the magazine—for forgery and, oddly, "receiving stolen goods"—after it published the text message, in which the president supposedly tells Cécilia that he would "drop everything" if she returned.