Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s new website has caused consternation after it published unflattering drawings of Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah, and Michelle and Barack Obama.
Sarah Brown said on Twitter that she was “a bit bemused” by a line drawing of her posted in the gallery section of the French President’s wife official website, which crashed minutes after going live on Monday due to the overwhelming number of visits.
Politicians, first ladies and film and rock stars feature in the gallery, half appearing in photos and the other in drawings.

The drawing of the Prime Minister’s wife looks nothing like her. She comes across as far more narrow-faced than in the flesh and in need of urgent dental and hair treatment in the red line caricature.
In a remark posted on Tuesday night on Twitter, the social networking service, Mrs Brown implied she was less than ecstatic with the portrait: “love Carla Bruni Sarkozy’s new website though bit bemused by illustration of me”.
Sarah Brown has overtaken Stephen Fry as Britain’s highest profile Twitter user – now with 831,000 followers compared to Mr Fry’s 795,000. The number of fans keeping up with her tweets amounts to almost five times the entire Labour party membership.
Fellow tweeters responded instantly. One, miraldamaasikas, leapt to her defence, saying: “I don’t think this drawing looks anything like Sarah brown.. it’s too narrow… ;)”
Mrs Brown told a fellow user, bigbellbess, that she was taking it in her stride: “bemused in a good way - I think it is really cool.”
She can take comfort from the fact that other well-known figures received rougher treatment.
The US first couple, Barack and Michelle Obama, look almost extra-terrestrial in their blue line drawing, as do the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
But the saving grace, perhaps is that Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy looks arguably the weirdest of all.
Her husband, President Nicolas Sarkozy, however, gets the royal treatment. His drawing has reduced his ear and nose size considerably and given him an action-man square jaw that in reality he lacks.
Others drawn by illustrators including Alice Déchelette that feature on the website include Nelson Mandela, Leonard Cohen, Bono, Lou Reed and John Galliano.

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