Saturday, April 4, 2009

No Bruni kisses for Obama

Former supermodel, now France's First Lady, Carla Bruni greeted US President Barak Obama in a business-like handshake rather than a continental double kiss. Mr Obama was in France on Friday for a Nato summit. -- PHOTO: AFP

FRANCE'S first lady broke with protocol on Friday as she held out a frosty hand to welcome US President Barack Obama.

According to British newspaper website,, the stunning Carla Bruni was business-like in her greeting - while her husband President Nicolas Sarkozy treated the US President's wife to a hug and continental double kiss.

The former model gave customary pecks on both cheeks to Michelle Obama and other dignitaries when the couple arrived in France.

But when it came to Mr Obama, the beauty kept a noticeable distance.

Mr and Mrs Obama flew in to Strasbourg's majestic 18th-century Rohan Palace to meet with the French President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The meeting was being held before the formal start of the Nato alliance's 60th anniversary summit.

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