how a nude photo of Carla Bruni almost ruined her state visit to England in 2008

how a nude photo of Carla Bruni almost ruined her state visit to England in 2008
how a nude photo of Carla Bruni almost ruined her state visit to England in 2008

The former first lady spoke in the pages of Vanity Fair on the reception given by the English tabloids upon his arrival with Nicolas Sarkozy, then President of the Republic.

Interviewed by the magazine Vanity Fair , Carla Bruni-Sarkozy looked back on several elements of her life and in particular on the period at the Élysée that she lived alongside her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, then President of the Republic. And the former first lady tells an anecdote about the state visit organized to London in 2008 which, obviously, did not quite go as planned. “It’s quite a story, this state visit to England in 2008. The very day we arrived, the British press went wild by publishing an old photo of me, naked, taken by Michel Comte, which had been sold at auction for the fight against AIDS. All the newspapers put this image on the front page!”

True to their reputation, the English tabloids did not fail to make headlines about the president’s wife’s modeling past by choosing a photo to spark scandal. “When I got off the presidential plane with my husband, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were waiting for us at the bottom of the gangway steps and said to us: “ We are so sorry for the press…” At the time, I didn’t really understand.” Fortunately, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy did not take offense and was able to impress the English people. In Dior outfit, his bow to Elizabeth II makes a lasting impression. “The day after our meeting with the Queen, all the newspapers had turned around, absolutely all of them! They appreciated my seriousness, my respect for protocol, my efforts in appearance.”

Fascinator, Dior coat dress and ballerinas, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy conquered Queen Elizabeth II and an entire country.
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A striking episode but the artist especially remembered from these five years spent at the Élysée “the power” she had, that of “being in a position which allowed me to help many people”: “L The opportunity to help so much, to participate, to influence to help someone else: that, for me, was really essential. I don’t say this to present myself as a great philanthropist: I believe that it is also in my nature.

Carla Bruni, a career as a supermodel

An anecdote which would have been perfect in any case for the scenario of an episode ofThe Crown if the series had not been discontinued.

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