Iran's Hard-Line Daily Kayhan Calls French First Lady A Prostitute
By Golnaz Esfandiari,
France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, has come under attack by Iran's
state-controlled media over her support for an Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi
Ashtiani, who has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.
Iran's state press accused French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (left) of using
the case of Sakineh Mohammadi
Ashtiani (right) to cover up her cheating on husband Nicolas Sarkozy.
In a letter addressed
to Ashtiani, Bruni wrote last week that her husband, French President Nicolas
Sarkozy, was trying to secure her release.
"I just can't see what good could come out of this macabre ceremony, whatever
the judicial reasons put forward to justify it," Bruni wrote. "Shed your blood
and deprive children of their mother, why? Because you have lived, because you
have loved, because you're a woman and because you're Iranian? Everything within
me refuses to accept this."
The ultra-hard-line daily "Kayhan"
condemned the letter and accused the French first lady of "immorality" and
breaking up Sarkozy's previous marriage.
In a report titled "French Prostitutes Also Entered the Human Rights Cry" the
daily, which often expresses the views of the Iranian establishment, wrote:
"Recently, Carla Bruni, the infamous wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, and Isabelle
Adjani, the morally corrupted French actress, expressed support for S.M. Bruni
managed to break up Sarkozy's marriage and become France's first lady, yet
recently there's been news about her having an affair with a singer."
Iranian state television also criticized Bruni for her letter of support for
Ashtiani. State television said in a report that Bruni was trying to justify her
"extramarital relations" by expressing support for Ashtiani. The website "Mardomak"
has posted a video clip of the state television report:
"Bruni has said in a letter that she and her husband defend the ideals of [Ashtiani].
She hasn't explained what are the ideals of this convicted person in a moral and
homicide case, but since she was in the past a danseuse and a model and known
for her extramarital relations -- it is probable that with this expression of
solidarity she wanted to cover up her own extramarital relations."
Iran has been angered by the international outcry over Ashtiani's sentence.
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