Iran: France protests Carla Bruni insults

Paris, 31 August (AKI) - A spokesman for the French government on Tuesday condemned recent comments by an Iranian government daily calling France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy "immoral" and a "prostitute" and claiming she "deserved to die."

"The insults in the daily Kayhan and picked up by Iranian websites against several French figures, including Mrs Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, are unacceptable," French foreign ministry spokesperson Bernard Valero said, quoted by French public radio RFI's website.

"We're making this message known through normal diplomatic channels," he said

Iranian media were furious last week when Bruni-Sarkozy , the second wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy joined a world outcry protesting the sentencing to death by stoning of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, who has been found guilty of adultery and complicity in her husband’s murder.

In remarks earlier on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry appeared to try and distance the government from remarks by Kayhan last Saturday calling Italian-born Bruni-Sarkozy an “Italian prostitute”.

The article also had a similar comment about French actress Isabelle Adjani.

Kayhan’s managing director and chief editor is appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, but Iran’s foreign ministry on Tuesday criticised the paper.

“Insulting officials of other countries and using indecent words is not endorsed by the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmananparast.

“We don’t think this is a right move.”

But the same day, in a new editorial, hardline daily Kayhan said that Bruni-Sarkozy "herself deserves death".


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