Bruni Files Suit Over Nude Pic on Bag

France's first lady sues clothing company for using nude image on shopping bags
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2008 3:03 PM CST
In this Dec. 30, 2007 file photo French President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, and his then girlfriend - model-turned singer Carla Bruni, left, look up to admire the Sphinx at sunset in Cairo, Egypt.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Newser) – Carla Bruni is suing a clothing company for putting her nude image on its shopping bags, the Independent reports. France’s first lady, who demands that Pardon! stop selling the bag, is seeking $167,000 in damages that she would give to charity. Accompanying the 1993 image is a word bubble reading, “My bloke should’ve bought me clothes from Pardon.”

The company, based in the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, defended the bag, saying Bruni was “a woman in the public eye.”