Here’s a riddle: What do you call a former supermodel, sometime recording artist and current French first lady when she opposes the stoning death of an Iranian woman accused of adultery?

According to certain rather presumptuous members of the Iranian press, when the woman in question is Carla Bruni, the answer is a prostitute. Oh. –KA


As part of Bernard-Henri Levy’s letter-writing campaign to get the Iranian government to lift Ashtiani’s sentence (imposed for her alleged adultery), Bruni wrote to the Iranian mom, “Please know from within your cell that my husband will plead ceaselessly for your release and that France will not abandon you.” So Iran’s state-run newspaper Kayhan responded with an editorial titled, “French prostitutes join the human rights protest.”

The piece also mentions French actress Isabelle Adjani, and criticizes Bruni for her relationships with famous men.

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