It doesn’t come as a surprise to us that Karl Lagerfeld, the german fashion designer who chose to live in France favors Carla Bruni over the other first ladies.
In an interview he gave to Vanity Fair he said about Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife: “She’s imaginative, clever, educated. She knows how to behave. She speaks many languages. It must be an embarrassment for the wives of other heads of state to see this beautiful creature who can wear anything and speak like that.”
Looking out of our office window and seeing the roof of the Reichstag in the distance where german chancellor Merkel often holds her speeches i think to myself that at least one spouse won’t be embarassed by her looks - as long as Carla doesn’t look too long into the eyes of our chancellor’s husband Joachim Sauer.
Makes me wonder about how to call a husband of a female head of state? Can’t be first lady for sure. Maybe first gentleman, first man, first husband…? As far as i have read, Margaret Thatcher’s husband was always called “the man behind Margaret Thatcher”. But that was some days ago and in the end…