France Bloomin' Mad Over Brukozy's Daily $1K Fleur Tab

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2009 3:33 AM CDT
A rose by any other name might be cheaper.   (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
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(Newser) – French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy just loves her fleurs and she's often photographed arranging blooms in the Elysée Palace. Problem is, the flowers are costing French taxpayers $1,100 a day, and they want the spending nipped in the bud. The blooming bills were revealed in the first state audit of a French leader's spending habits since the days of Louis XVI. Carla and hubby Nicolas also blew $5,000 in late fees for tardy payments of electric and gas bills.