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The former first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is threatening legal action after an online petition asked her to repay nearly €410,000 (£354,000) used to fund her website while her husband was President.

Sarkozy dismisses media 'rantings' over marriage

French President Nicolas Sarkozy dismissed media "rantings" about his marriage today and appealed to the British media: "I love England - don't make me regret it."

Sarkozy rumour: end of the affair? or a cruel hoax via Twitter?

Rumours spread online but Carla Bruni says she thinks marriage should be forever

Bruni quits contest over song insulting Sarkozy

Broadcaster says French first lady objected to lyrics in San Remo festival entry

Double-hyphen surname law gets both barrels

Au revoir Bruni--Sarkozy: State decides extra dash is ungrammatical and mangles the French language

John Lichfield: The First Lady and a down-and-out

In another recent TV interview, the Première Dame turned philosopher

Pandora: Presidential seal for Stella – kidswear, that is

When Stella McCartney launched her recent collaboration with the American chain Gap – a range of children's wear for those aged 0 to 12 – the fashion world responded with appropriate enthusiasm.

Sex and cheese as Sarkozys meet The Simpsons

Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni have entered the only real pantheon of international celebrity – by being parodied in The Simpsons. A short clip of their unauthorised, and rather uncomplimentary, appearance has become one of the most-viewed clips on the French-language internet in the past few days.

<i>L'état, c'est moi</i>: the cult of Sarko

Midway though his term of office, the President's imperious ways are provoking a growing outcry. Last night Sarkozy and son were forced into a humiliating climbdown to regain the public's trust

Meet the most elegant woman in Paris (sorry Carla, but it's not you)

No longer the epitome of French chic, the first lady opens up about counselling

Sarah Brown 'bemused' by website sketch

Sarah Brown has delivered a lukewarm response to an unflattering sketch of her published on Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's new website.

Hit & Run: Portraits by a First Lady

Ciao. Or should I say, bonjour. You already know me, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, not only as the proud, stiletto-avoiding wife of the French President but as an acknowledged sexy pin-up lady, accomplished guitarist, singer and supermodel.

Dior show wows Paris

If the A-list contingent was conspicuous by its absence at the spring/summer collections in Milan earlier this week it was out in force today in Paris, the last stop on the international designer fashion circuit and home to probably the most gifted fashion talent in the world.

Sheepish Sarkozy out of hospital

President told to take it easy after being taken ill while jogging

Is the strain of running France (and keeping up with Carla) too much for Sarkozy?

The 54-year-old French president may not be as bulletproof as he seems
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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