The statement of the French Ambassador to Pakistan published in today‘s (17th July 2009) Jang is more than shocking. His highness Daniel Jouanneau seems to be ignorant and ill-informed about his country’s matters, his president and first lady Carla Bruni who shot to fame after the release of her nude photos-nude means nude- which were proudly auctioned and bought in the west.
Mr Daniel Jouanneau has termed Ansar Abbasi’s comments about the French lady as unacceptable. Veteran investigative reporter Ansar Abbasi while criticizing France’s stance on Hijab, has written in his column published in daily jang’s edition of 29th June 2009; “Sarkozi Ki Bewi Ka Barehna Hokar Modeling Karna Magribi Maashray Mein Koi Mayoob Baat Nahen” (The nude modeling by Sarkozy’s Wife is not a bad thing in the western society)
We would not advise his highness to research on the issue but will list here a few links of western media including Associated Press, BBC, The telegraph, Huffington Post etc which will make him literate that Ansar Abbasi has written nothing unacceptable. The simple mention of nude pictures has made French ambassador in Islamabad upset. But this clouds the scene and makes us confused regarding the fact whether His highness has come from France? For his information French president was not upset when he came to know about the nude pictures. This is what the World’s prime news agency Associate Press informs us. Please read the bold text below;
Sarkozy Not Upset
The Associate Press reports that “Sarkozy [was] not ruffled by wife’s nude shots”.
“PARIS (AP) _ French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says her husband was not upset when he learned of all the nude photos she did during her modeling days. Bruni-Sarkozy told Vanity Fair magazine that she gathered up her past nude shots to show President Nicolas Sarkozy early in their relationship, telling him: “You must know that this is going to come out. “He said, ‘Oh, I like this one! Can I have a print of it?’” Bruni-Sarkozy was quoted as telling the magazine, which released an advance copy of the interview on Monday.”
“Not An Issue” Sarkozy Says;
([Nude] images of his wife in existence are tasteful he says)
The First Post reports;
“Another nude picture from Carla Bruni‘s modelling days is expected to fetch a high price when it is auctioned next week in Berlin. It was taken in 1994 when Bruni, then 26, was at the height of her modelling fame and dating Mick Jagger. Only 10 numbered copies of Carla Bruni in Bed exist and the 16ft by 24ft print will have a reserve price of about £3,000 when it goes under the hammer at the Villa Grisebach Auction, as part of a sale of modern and contemporary photographs on June 4. Sarkozy is said to have “no issue” with naked photos of his wife being made public – “because he knows that the only images of his wife in existence are tasteful”, a source at the Elysee Palace told France’s news website Le Post. “Some may be nude, but she is a beautiful woman who was a model and only ever posed for pictures that had artistic merit.”
Huffington Post Reports;
“A revealing photograph of former model and France’s current first lady Carla Bruni was bought for $19,600 by an anonymous bidder Thursday at a Berlin auction house. The image is one of 10 prints of a nude Bruni lounging in an unmade bed captured by American fashion photographer Pamela Hanson in 1994. The Villa Grisebach auction house appraised “Carla Bruni in Bed” at $3,568-$4,997 and talked to prospective buyers from as far away as Mexico, according to the house’s photography expert, Franziska Schmidt”
The Insider Reports;
“First Lady of France Carla Bruni’s nude picture will be sold at an auction in Berlin. The former supermodel’s intimate photograph, taken in 1994, will go under the hammer on June 4 at the Villa Grisebach Auction.”
“A nude drawing of France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is being put up for auction in Paris along with pictures of strippers and pin-up girls, in the latest reminder of her steamy past as a model. A frontal nude photo of Bruni-Sarkozy, who now prefers demure poses in prim Dior dresses by the side of President Nicolas Sarkozy, already caused a stir last year and was eventually auctioned off for $91,000”
The Telegraph Reports;
“The intimate image of the 41-year-old wife of Nicolas Sarkozy was taken by Pamela Hanson, the US photographer, and shows the former supermodel lying on a bed, her body partially covered by a white sheet. Only ten numbered copies exist of the black and white print – taken in 1994 at the height of Bruni’s modelling fame when she was 26 years old and dating Mick Jagger.”
“A nude photograph of France’s first lady, Carla Bruni, has been auctioned for $91,000 (£46,098) – more than 20 times the expected price.”
If husband of first lady is not upset then the French ambassador shouldn’t be?