News The former first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

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.

Errors & Omissions: Can't have measures without a package, apparently

Politics and business are the two subjects most prone to metaphors, and so require care to avoid a clash of mental pictures.

Carla Bruni serenades an absent Mandela

Celebrities turn out to perform for South African statesman's anti-Aids charity – and a star-studded audience

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Mrs Brown shows the PM a thing or two about PR (with a little help from her celebrity friends)

Pandora: Bell puts pen to paper on expenses

Further indication, now, of Martin Bell's (imminent, surely?) return to the political fray.

Families of air crash victims grieve together at Notre Dame

Sarkozy joins relatives at service as submarines head to deep-water wreckage site

Stay home, Carla tells Sarkozy

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is trying to slow the pace of her husband's foreign travels so she can spend more time with the French president.

Sarkozy adds flirty twist to Facebook

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, eager to show himself as a man of the people, has revamped his Facebook networking page with home videos of him flirting and discussing world politics with his wife, Carla.

France vs Spain in style showdown

A state visit to Madrid by President Sarkozy became a catwalk contest as his wife and Princess Letizia strove to steal the show

Sophie Morris: Lay off the middle class, Ms Winslet

Oscar-winning, Hervé Leger-wearing, multimillionaire actress Kate Winslet is worried that her adoring public thinks she is middle-class. As a quintessentially British actress, it comes as no surprise that Winslet's neuroses include that most British of social torments: an obsession with class and, specifically, a fear of being middle-class.

Intimate photos of Carla Bruni stolen

A Paris police official says a computer containing 'highly intimate' photos of French first lady and former model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy have been stolen.

The Spanish diva hoping to upstage Mme Sarkozy

She sings. She is a middle-aged beauty. She belongs to the First Wives' Club. And her name is not Carla Bruni.

Who will be Zuma's first lady?

While it is customary before an election to wonder who will emerge as first lady, it’s unusual to ask the question when only one man can possibly be president.

The Sketch: Migration debates sound better with Carla Bruni

"Was that Carla Bruni on your phone?" I asked. Anthony Steen replied with fine comic timing. "I don't know, I didn't answer it."

Joan Smith: The stilettos were out for Rachida Dati

Our writer blames jealous women for the fall of a high-flyer
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