An Iranian news website has declared Carla Bruni, the French first lady, an immoral woman after she showed support for an Iranian woman facing death by stoning. The website, www.inn.ir, ran the report after a damaging piece on President Nicholas Sarkozy’s wife ran in Kayhan newspaper which functions as an agent for Iran’s Islamic regime. In the report, they called Carla Bruni a “prostitute.”
Over the weekend, Kayhan published a story entitled “French prostitutes enter the human rights uproar”, in which it chastised Bruni and French actress Isabelle Adjani for expressing support for Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani. The 43-year-old Iranian has been sentenced to death by stoning for allegedly cheating on her husband and then partaking in his murder.
The controversy with Bruni began when she upset two media outlets by signing her name to a petition for Mohammadi-Ashtiani’s release, whose story has created an international wave of support after her lawyer wrote about the case on his blog. The support for this brave mother of two includes 113 demonstrations worldwide and the attention of nearly every media outlet. France has insisted that the European Union threatens new sanctions against Tehran because of this case. Although the global attention has suspended the possibility of stoning, Mohammadi-Ashtiani may still face death by hanging. In order to keep her spirits up, Bruni wrote Mohammadi-Ashtiani a letter. One poignant part reads, “Deep within your jail cell know that my husband will plead your cause tirelessly and that France will not abandon you.”
Carla Bruni, a singer and former model, was further criticized for her rather lengthy history with high-profile celebrities. She is the French President Sarkozy’s third wife.