Merci, Madame Bruni-Sarkozy

Published by PETA.

Did you hear that? It was the collective sigh of relief from raccoons, foxes, and minks—as well as human fur foes everywhere. It turns out that France’s first lady and international style icon Carla Bruni-Sarkozy refuses to wear fur.


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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy


PETA Vice President Dan Mathews contacted Bruni-Sarkozy after seeing photos that showed her wearing what appeared to be real fur. She wrote back, “I do not wear, buy, or own fur …. Every designer who kindly lends me clothes for public appearances can tell you that I do not accept … fur pieces, even when they’re only a small part of the outfit.”

The first lady—who admitted to wearing fur during her modeling heyday—also made it clear that if the photos are recent, the fur is fake.

“By officially rejecting fur in the fashion capital of the world, this political and style idol will make people everywhere think about how old-fashioned and cruel it is,” said Dan in a statement issued to the media.

With some free shoes from Stella McCartney, courtesy of PETA, on the way to Carla’s doorstep, we’re hoping she will swear off leather for good too.

Written by Karin Bennett

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