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No Taj visit for Sarkozy's "gal" Carla!
Wednesday 23 January 2008

Paris, Jan 22 (ANI): The famous seat in front of the epitome of love -
the Taj Mahal - would have been be lucky to have visiting French
President Nicolas Sarkozy being seated with his new lady love, Carla
Bruni, but according to reports the latter has announced that she
would not be accompanying Sarkozy as she is not married to him.

Earlier, the Indian media was in a tizzy about how Carla Bruni would
be accomodated at the official level, given that she has already
travelled with Sarkozy to Egypt and created quite a buzz.

Carla Bruni would have been the cynosure of attention at the Republic
Day parade, where the 'salute' was to be taken by another lady for the
first time in the history of Indian Republic, President of India
Pratibha Devi Singh Patil.

It was also being speculated that the former supermodel, an Italian,
had she accompanied President Sarkozy, would have animatedly
interacted with our own Sonia Gandhi, an Italian herself, both before
and during the Republic Day celebrations.

The fact that rumours were doing the rounds that she would be
accompanying Sarkozy to New Delhi as his girlfriend later this week,
had the Indian protocol anxiously waiting for some word from the
French Government and the Elysee (the official residence of the French
President) about what kind of protocol was to be extended to her to
avoid a possible faux pas.

Sarkozy is scheduled to be in India on Friday and Saturday as the
chief guest of this year's Republic Day parade on January 26.

Earlier, during the day, a French daily "Liberation" reported that
Carla would not be accompanying the President to India this week
because they "are not married".

The former supermodel was quoted as saying by the newspaper that as
she was "not yet married so she cannot go on an official visit with
the President".

The other "reason" mentioned by Carla for not accompanying Sarkozy was
that she had to shoot her new album in February and was busy with her
preparations for the same.

For the media in India, the announcement that Carla Bruni may not come
to Delhi has been an anti-climax! (ANI)

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MP

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