Some Sarkozy Lost in Translation
Photo altered to reduce president's love handles
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2007 8:01 PM CDT
French President Nicolas Sarkozy points toward a photographers boat on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. Sarkozy was objecting to photographers taking pictures of him while...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The French president’s “love handles” got a makeover this week when Paris Match Photoshopped them down to size in pics from his US holiday. An otherwise manly bare-chested shot of Sarkozy canoeing with his son shows his stomach to be distinctly slimmer than in Reuter’s original photo. Another French mag amused its readership this week with a before-and-after comparison.

The BBC gives no motive for the magazine’s maneuver other than to improve Sarkozy's physique; Paris Match said his seating position in the canoe emphasized his 52-year-old abdominal bulge. Editors claimed they first tried to adjust only the photo's lighting, but "the correction was exaggerated during the printing process,” they told rival weekly L'Express.