France's first lady, Carla Bruni has withdrawn from the Festival of San Remo, in infuriation at a song that mocks President Sarkozy. The song Meno Male by Simone Christicchi reportedly pokes fun at Sarkozy by suggesting that he uses his gorgeous wife to distract public from his political activities. The song has since then became a favorite to win the competition.
Bruni, the model-turned-singer was previously to have sung with Italian songwriter Gino Paoli on 18 February at San Remo, Italy's immensely popular song festival. Italian papers blamed the offending song as the most probable reason for the former supermodel's change in mind.
TV presenter Massimo Giletti on the state channel Rai Uno claims to be in possession of an email, which suggests that Bruni's appearance at the festival could have been vetoed by Elysée Palace. "Of course I wouldn't invent such a thing in order to say it on television," he said.
President Sarkozy has always received flak for displaying his attractive wife in the political domain. Both have been caught in similar controversies on and off.