Fashionista Street: The Cold Gravy of Reality?

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[AFP, Reuters]: French President Nicolas Sarkozy is believed to have married former Italian supermodel Carla Bruni at a small private ceremony held at the Elysee palace last week, a French newspaper reported Monday.

In a report posted on its website on Monday, L’Est Republicain newspaper quoted an unnamed “source close to a witness who attended the ceremony” as saying that it was a “small, very private” affair at the presidential palace.

It’s the final graphs of this story that grabbed my attention. Reminds me of the final line in a Donald Barthelme short story from the 60s, something about “the hot meat of romance smothered by the cold gravy of reality.”

Bruni may accompany Sarkozy on a state visit to India later this month, and an Indian foreign ministry official said her presence would cause “no protocol problem from our side”.

Bruni’s previous affairs with such rock stars as Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton have provided regular tabloid headlines and she was quoted in a French magazine last year as saying “Monogamy bores me terribly”.

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