In Bruni, French See Marie Antoinette

First lady gets flak as she and Sarko hit the beach
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 10:25 AM CDT
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni with Mexico's President Felipe Calderon and wife Margarita Zavala at the National Palace in Mexico City Monday March 9 , 2009.   (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
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(Newser) – Like most of Europe, France is slogging through a recession and facing climbing unemployment. But president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, are in Mexico, staying at a $5,500-a-night beachfront villa. The honeymoon's over, reports the New York Daily News, and Bruni is suffering comparisons to another foreigner who married a French head of state: Marie Antoinette.

After Bruni attended a state dinner in Mexico City decked out in diamonds, one Frenchman lamented that "Sarko and Carla are back to acting like Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette again."