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Paris shuns Carla Bruni ‘working class’ statue

A controversial statue of Carla Bruni depicted as a worker has been erected in a Paris suburb but fans of France's former first lady will struggle to catch a glimpse of a work that has embarrassed almost everyone connected with it.

Paris shuns Carla Bruni 'working class' statue
Remi Jouan

The bronze was the brainchild of Jacques Martin, the mayor of Nogent-sur-Marne and a close political ally of Bruni's husband, former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Martin came up with the scheme to use a likeness of Bruni to represent the mostly Italian immigrant women who used to work at a feather factory in the town — an idea branded "grotesque" by the Socialist opposition on the town council.

Opposition to the two-metre (seven-foot) high statue hardened when it emerged in February that it was going to cost 82,000 euros ($100,000).

The ensuing outcry forced Martin to abandon his plan to cover half the cost from the public purse and his office confirmed on Thursday that the statue had been completed with private funding and put up in a private residence.

The row in February embarrassed Bruni, who let it be known that she had agreed to model for sculptor Elisabeth Cibot without knowing that her name would be linked to the statue.

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Carla Bruni fails to woo fans in North America

French singer Carla Bruni may draw crowds in France but it would appear her talents are failing to excite on the other side of the Atlantic. The former first lady has cancelled two legs of her upcoming North America tour after reports of poor ticket sales.

Carla Bruni fails to woo fans in North America
Carla Bruni Sarkozy performs during a charity show to help Alzheimer scientific research in September in Paris. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

France's former first lady, singer Carla Bruni has cancelled two upcoming performances in Canada, her agent confirmed on Tuesday.

Bertrand de Labbey said two concerts in Canada had been cancelled after the Italian-French model-turned-singer, who is married to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, asked for her schedule to be "lightened".

Canadian newspaper the Ottawa Citizen, however, reported that ticket sales for one of the concerts had been disappointing.

According to the paper, only 100 tickets have been sold for her concert booked for April 23rd at the Casino du Lac Leamy in Gatineau, western Québec.

Bruni may have one consolation, though. Franco-Belgian singer Lara Fabian was also forced to cancel a concert at the same venue, the Canadian paper reported.

The pop singer cancelled the event due to “hearing problems”, despite the fact that 85 percent of tickets to the performance had already been sold. 

Bruni, meanwhile, will now perform in New York, Los Angeles and Montreal on the North American leg of her tour.

The 46-year-old made her stage comeback in November with a concert to promote her fourth album, "Little French Songs".

The former model, who is married to former French president Nicholas Sarkozy, continues to hit headlines in France, albeit indirectly. 

In December, Chinese hackers broke into the computers of several European diplomats during a G20 meeting in Paris, using the promise of naked pictures of Bruni. According to US-based internet security firm FireEye, the X-rated bait reportedly worked on "almost everybody".

READ: 'Nude Carla Bruni pics dupe Euro diplomats

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