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Continental Flare-Up: Carla vs. Italy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (AP Photo/Gerard Cerles)

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are feuding over his crack that Barack Obama is "young, handsome and tanned."

Bruni-Sarkozy told Journal du Dimanche: "When I heard Silvio Berlusconi's joke describing Barack Obama as 'tanned' ... I'm very happy that I became French!" Berlusconi's camp quickly smacked back: "We too are indeed happy that she is no longer Italian," Francesco Cossiga, Italy's former president, told Corriere della Sera. "I would go as far to say that we are very happy!" Then Cossiga got personal: "But who knows? In her tumultuous life, Carla Bruni may one day end up having to ask for her Italian citizenship back."

Spouses aren't attending tonight's "working" dinner for world leaders at the White House, but we assume that Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be seated at different tables.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 14, 2008; 1:01 AM ET
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That is a huge task to be a woman and to take on Italy. Good thing she has a young, handsome husband who can calm the waters and prevent an international event for comments over a man who hasn't even taken an oath of office. In America, women are stilled allowed to have their opinions and there are even some that do take on the Italians and do win, whether at a dinner table or a church pew. Keep smiling Mrs..

Posted by: formerheap | November 14, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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