No 'First Wives Club' For Bruni

Carla snubs G20

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 2, 2009 11:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – There was a noticeable no-show at the “first wives club” meeting in London—and at the G20 in general. France's Carla Bruni, perhaps the world’s most glamorous first lady, has skipped the summit altogether, the Daily Mail reports—a move largely seen as a snub of British PM Gordon Brown’s wife, Sarah, who has organized a full schedule for the visiting spouses.

“She has a great deal of her own work to do,” said a source close to the model-turned-singer who’s married to President Nicolas Sarkozy. French officials say Bruni’s absence is “normal,” since the G20 isn’t a state visit. But Paris gossipers believe she just didn’t want to share the spotlight with another glamorous first lady. “She knows Michelle will be the First Lady everybody is interested in,” one fashionista says of Mrs. Obama. “That’s one of the reasons she’s snubbed London.”

Chikako Aso, wife of Japan's Taro Aso, Laureen Harper, wife of Canadian PM Stephen Harper, and Gursharan Kaur, wife of Manmohan Singh of India visit the Royal Opera House with Michelle Obama.
Chikako Aso, wife of Japan's Taro Aso, Laureen Harper, wife of Canadian PM Stephen Harper, and Gursharan Kaur, wife of Manmohan Singh of India visit the Royal Opera House with Michelle Obama.   (AP Photo)
Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni, two of the world's most glamorous first ladies, won't be rubbing elbows in London.
Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni, two of the world's most glamorous first ladies, won't be rubbing elbows in London.   (AP Photos)
The wife of Britain's Prime Minister Sarah Brown, right, greets Michelle Obama before a visit to the Royal Opera House, April 2, 2009.
The wife of Britain's Prime Minister Sarah Brown, right, greets Michelle Obama before a visit to the Royal Opera House, April 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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