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Sarkozy's wife unwelcome at the Vatican?

October 14, 2010

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was asked by Vatican officials not to bring his wife Carla Bruni with him when he met with Pope Benedict XVI last week, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

The Telegraph story—which cites only a French satirical publication, and should therefore be treated with skepticism—reports that Vatican officials were concerned that the presence of Carla Bruni, a noted singer and model, could prompt Italian newspapers to print suggestive photos, thereby detracting from the dignity of the French president’s visit.

Pope Benedict did greet Carla Bruni during a previous meeting with Sarkozy in 2008.


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