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Nicolas Sarkozy Gets on the Shirtless President Vanity Train


Was the thought of having his love handles exposed the reason why French President Nicolas Sarkozy attacked paparazzi while on vacation at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire earlier this month?

On August 9, Paris Match published a photo of French President Nicolas Sarkozy canoeing at the lake (top), but absent were the poignees d'amour that were showing in the same photo (bottom) published by other French media outlets days earlier.

Immediately there were accusations that a directive to photoshop the love handles had come from Sarkozy's office, but Paris Match denies it:

"The only line we work on is the political and diplomatic one. We are rather bad at Photoshop here...the position of the boat exaggerated this protuberance.(But) In lightening the shadows, the correction was exaggerated."

Our take: Sarkozy got wind of those dripping-with-machismo shirtless photos of Putin and realized he couldn't be shown up at the next G8 summit.

Is this the new way to flex power on the international stage? With all these world leaders ripping their clothes off, let's hope Bush doesn't get any ideas.

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  1. And neither one in a Speedo. How drab.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Aug 23, 2007 1:08:52 PM

  2. The most interesting things about Sarzoky is his wife - you'd expect her to be super chic she's also quite the reluctant first lady and will be an endless source of French tabloid fodder. Meanwhile we have the threat of Judith Guliani hanging over our heads...

    Posted by: Giovanni | Aug 23, 2007 1:34:31 PM

  3. Sorry - should read SarKozy.

    puttin' the sexy in Dyslexi - a,

    Posted by: Giovanni | Aug 23, 2007 1:40:15 PM

  4. We have Paris Hilton and Britney Spears to blame for this.

    Posted by: anon ( | Aug 23, 2007 2:04:54 PM

  5. Well compared to a lot of obese people in America he looks positivly emaciated...

    Posted by: FidBit | Aug 23, 2007 3:38:11 PM

  6. Shadows, my ass...more like fromage and vin.

    Posted by: peterparker | Aug 23, 2007 6:01:45 PM

  7. So who's next on the Shirtless G8 bandwagon? Angela Merkel?

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Aug 23, 2007 6:30:49 PM

  8. gianpiero wrong plus most americans dont know who she is i say this as one but im a traveling teenager who reads the economist.
    Furthermore thats not his kid

    His real o nes trust me most gay men/straight women would love to ride in a boat with but that is off topic.

    Posted by: sasha | Aug 26, 2007 4:28:27 AM

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