I have a soft spot in my heart for the Italian gal who is the current First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Speaks passable English, with an adorable accent, is easy on the eyes, has her own spending money, cooks like an Italian, and probably has access to cellars of decent French wine and cheeses, a near perfect sister wife for Mrs. T. Sadly for me, Carla is married, seemingly happily, so no such arrangement is immediately forthcoming. Getting Mrs. T's buy in was always problematic.
Progress may be made on a second front however. Ms. B-S has been asked to model for a statue commemorating women factory workers, which is to be erected in the Paris suburb of Nogent-Sur-Marne. Imagining Carla, as a factory worker, may be a bit of a stretch perhaps, but such is life in France. The idea of a life sized bronze statue with Ms. Bruni-Sarkozy's likeness, a bargain at 80,000 Euros, considering a single photograph of her sold last weekend for $91,000 USD , is not going down well with the locals. The local NIMBY's (not in my back yarders) are in revolt.
In the spirit of improving Franco-American relations, I invite the powers that be to relocate the statue to my house. I'll donate the space, and personally invite Carla to be present for the unveiling. No protests will mar the occasion, I promise. Afterward she is welcome to visit her likeness whenever she's in town. Powers that be may reach me here.