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Advertisment mocks Nicolas Sarkozy

'Be like Madame Bruni, take a small French model', says an advertisement that mocks President Nicolas Sarkozy's short stature and has caused a stir in France.

entertainment Updated: Apr 28, 2010 12:36 IST

Carla Bruni

"Be like Madame Bruni, take a small French model", says an advertisement that mocks President Nicolas Sarkozy's short stature and has caused a stir in France.



Sixt, a German car hire firm, has urged customers to rent a small Citroen C3 hatchback through the advertising campaign,

Daily Mail

reported.



"These advertisements are entitled to be funny and we need to inject a little fun into our business after such a difficult period experienced by many of our clients," Sixt president in France, Jean-Philippe Doyen, was quoted as saying.



The international media has often pointed out the height difference between First Lady Carla Bruni, who is 5 feet 10 inches tall, and her husband who is 5 feet 5 inches tall.



The firm could face legal action for referring to Bruni and Sarkozy in a promotional campaign. "People have been sued for this kind of thing before," French daily Le Parisien observed.



Sarkozy is one of the world's shortest heads of state. He is a little taller than North Korea's Kim Jong-Il and Russia's Dmitry Medvedev, both of whom stand at 5 feet 3 inches.



To make up for the height difference, Bruni has been photographed wearing flat soles while Sarkozy wears specially-made 'stacked heels' to make him appear two inches taller, the media report said.