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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.

Brett Anderson, Mermaid Theatre, London

At the helm of deviant wannabes Suede, he reignited interest in English eccentricity and paved the way for Britpop. Now without a record contract, Brett Anderson points the way in the post-label age for fortysomething artists.

<i>J'accuse!</i> Ségol&egrave;ne Royal links Sarkozy 'clan' with break-in at apartment

A vitriolic political row has exploded in France after the defeated presidential candidate, Ségolène Royal, accused President Sarkozy's "clan" of being "linked" to a break-in at her flat.

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Carla Bruni's new pop album is all sex, drugs and no role for Sarkozy

France's First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, sings about drugs and 30 love affairs on her new pop album released next month.

Fashion world bids farewell to Yves Saint Laurent

Celebrities he clothed and designers he inspired gathered for the funeral of Yves Saint Laurent in Paris today.

Asda bosses will rue dumping Coleen for glamorous Carla

Proof that Asda is run by people who haven't learnt the first rule of dating: never try your luck with anyone hotter than you. Last week an Asda spokesman confirmed that it has dropped Coleen McLoughlin as the face of its George clothing range and is choosing a replacement. "Among the names being considered is Carla Bruni," he revealed. "She's very attractive and a highly stylish person. We feel she would fit in very well with the George look."

Struggling Sarkozy to remind French: 'I'm a man of action'

A year after his victory in the first round of French presidential elections, Nicolas Sarkozy will attempt tonight to refloat an administration which threatens to sink into a morass of internal bickering and popular discontent.

Is it art, or is it cashing in?

A 15-year-old magazine photograph of a naked Carla Bruni fetched 23 times its estimate at auction, raising the stakes in the photographic world. Sophie Heawood reports

Christina Patterson: Beauty... a commodity ripe for taxation

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the beholder seems remarkably unimaginative

Nude Bruni image sells for &pound;45,500

A nude photo of the new high-profile wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy smashed its auction estimate as it sold for more than £45,000 in New York, Christie's said.

Carla la Magnifique? Anne Penketh says 'Oui'

The French President's wife has left Britain smitten, with her sparkling display of timeless elegance

Leading article: Charm offensive

Julius Caesar once summed up a battle with the words: "I came, I saw, I conquered." Another Italian-born aristocrat could make the same claim with regards to Britain this week. But whereas the Roman emperor's victory was achieved through force of arms, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's conquest of these isles was accomplished through beauty, grace, couture, not to mention a revealing photograph, which went on sale just as the French President and his wife arrived in Britain for the state visit.

An emotional President basks in the warmthof Britain's welcome for 'woman of sensitivity'

Day two of Carla's state visit. And even when she was somewhere else, Mme Bruni-Sarkozy was the centre of attention.

The view from France: pride and shame in equal measure

Carla was perfect. Sarko was, despite his best efforts, Sarko. That was the considered view of the French press on the presidential state visit to Britain.

Terence Blacker: Is it so terrible that marriage is in decline?

Like a tired old couple nagging wearily away at one another, politicians and the media have been bickering over the great marriage crisis exposed by the Office of National Statistics. In 2005, the number getting married fell by nine per cent from the previous year; 2006 saw another significant fall, this time of four per cent. The national marriage rate, according to the OFT, is now at its lowest level since 1862.

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