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You can't help wondering what happened. What was it that provoked somebody to go online and post a review urging others to avoid Detroit's Westin Book Cadillac Hotel "unless you and your family actually enjoy sharing your evening with the local prostitutes". Were the other patrons dressed for the Reeperbahn? Was the (anonymous) reviewer's username by any chance, "aya_tollahtehran" and had he sat next to woman who looked like Carla Bruni? Whatever the grudge, the dissatisfied customer took revenge using the most powerfulweapon at the travelling public's disposal: TripAdvisor.

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Iran sought to distance itself yesterday from harsh remarks by a hardline newspaper , which called France's First Lady a "prostitute" for condemning the stoning sentence against an Iranian woman convicted of adultery.

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy 'a prostitute', claims Iranian media

Iranian state media called France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy a "prostitute" on Monday in an unusual attack on the wife of a world leader that shows deep anger over her support for an Iranian woman who faced death by stoning for adultery.

Helen Croydon: Monogamy is not our natural state

Choosing our family members, wasn't, you would have thought, a matter for the high courts, not in a democratised world anyway. But it seems judicial teams in the most unlikely of places are taking on these new roles, attempting to define our marital nirvana. Last week, a Californian judge ruled that the state's ban on gay marriages was unconstitutional, leaving thousands of people free at last to choose who they marry.

Carla Bruni 'vetoed Louvre rock concert'

Even the Mona Lisa may find it hard to keep her smile. France's other Italian-born icon of enigmatic female beauty has denied La Joconde a free rock concert. Plans for the first open-air gig in the courtyard of the Louvre have been squashed by the pop-singing French first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, according to a French investigative newspaper.

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US school children warm to chic Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy turned up the heat on her first trip to Washington as France's first lady, visiting a school in a poor neighbourhood and lunching at Ben's Chili Bowl.

Leading article: Things can only get better

For Government ministers fearful of their future after the election, Tony Blair's return to the domestic fray yesterday must have been heartening. Not that even his most fervent admirers could believe that this master of the optimistic vision and the self-deprecating humour could turn the election single-handed.

Rhiannon Harries: Carla Bruni's calamity could improve Anglo-Franco relations no end

La pauvre Carla, eh? "My youth regards me cruelly," France's First Lady once breathily intoned in one of her songs. Not half as cruelly as those who have been gleefully ripping into the unflattering photos that emerged of Mme Bruni-Sarkozy last week.

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