Carla Bruni, France’s first lady is preggers! The good news for France’s first couple just keeps on rolling in after Bruni received positive reviews for her acting debut in Woody Allen’s new film, ‘Midnight in Paris’, which debuted at Cannes Film Festival last week.
A new baby, a new beginning? Quite possibly. In recent months, Sarkozy has taken big hits in his approval rating as France’s economy continues to slide into negative waters. Although some may claim that Sarkozy is only trying to fix a problem that has its roots generations prior to his taking office (much like the case is with Obama), the declining position of France in Europe’s power stage has been the one area of weakness that political experts have identified for Sarkozy to not be reelected in 2012. The same experts have long identified the man who can take Sarakozy down as the (now) infamous, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, current president of the IMF, who also happens to be sitting in a Harlem jail cell awaiting arraignment on charges that he raped a hotel employee while staying at the Sofitel hotel here in NYC on Sunday, May 15.
Above, Strauss- Kahn, pictured with his wife, Anne Sinclair, seems almost perfect to become the next president of France. He is good looking, charming and is a financial wizard having helped stem the crisis in Greece and numerous other countries while heading the IMF.
However, as the story of the charges for apparent rape become known here in the United States on Sunday, all hope for his return to potential candidacy in France began to dissolve. I mean, one thing is to have a mutual affair with a staffer (Bill Clinton anyone?), but another is to forcibly have sex with the hotel cleaning lady. Even in a world where innocence is presumed until proved otherwise, its really not. Simply the possibility that Strauss-Kahn could have done a deed as horrible as this and then run like all get out to JFK to hop a plane to France will tank his international reputation (this is already starting as the European leaders are asking for him to step down from the IMF). So, if there ever was a winner in this sad situation, it is Sarkozy. His biggest competition just imploded. Step 1 completed.
Step 2: Sarkozy’s wife ends up pregnant! There are few things that can make someone seems simple, humane and relateable more than a baby can (JFK anyone?). Big mean men just become puddles of goo when holding a baby and you can bet that the French (and international) media will be all over this ‘bump watch’.
Sometimes the world of politics seems more like one of the soap operas that just got canceled on ABC. Wait, an idea is brewing here for a 3:00pm time slot replacement… a reality show of our world’s leading politicians because frankly, you just cannot make this stuff up!
I can’t wait for the French designers to start whipping up frothy dresses or custom made pants for little Bruni-Sarkozy baby. They should just make sure “career saver” is embroidered on the front!