Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sarko The Slender

Nicolas Sarkozy has often been accused of having an unhealthy influence over the French media. In one famous episode, he allegedly had the editor of Paris Match fired after that magazine ran a cover photo of Sarkozy's at-the-time estranged wife, CÚcilia, with her lover in New York.

Apparently, the message got through, because in Paris Match's August 9th edition, a photo of the French President canoeing with his son was re-touched to remove Sarko's protruding love handles. The magazine's explanation?

The position on the boat exagerrated the bulge. In lightening the shadows, the correction was exagerrated in the printing process.

In other words, all they did was lighten the photo a bit and the pounds just disappeared by themselves. Here's a side-by-side of the original and doctored photos. You be the judge.

Posted by Judah in:  La France Politique   Media Coverage   

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