Sarkozy to sue Ryanair over ad

Other News Materials 29 January 2008 00:02 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has decided to sue low-cost carrier Ryanair over an ad in the daily Le Parisien that uses a photograph showing him and his girlfriend, singer Carla Bruni, a spokesman for his office said Monday.

"This is an abuse of the image of the president of the Republic, and the president of the Republic has given instructions to his attorney so that this affair will have the necessary civil actions," Franck Louvrier told journalists.

The ad in question shows the smiling couple, with a thought balloon superimposed above Bruni's head saying, "With Ryanair my entire family can come to my wedding."

According to media reports, Sarkozy, who turned 53 on Monday, and the 40-year-old Bruni could tie the knot next month.