Bruni-Sarkozy backs anti-sexism campaign

France's first lady has backed an appeal by feminist groups condemning sexist comments that followed DSK's arrest

Topics: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, France,

Bruni-Sarkozy backs anti-sexism campaignFrench President's wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy poses prior to a television interview, in Paris, Monday May 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, pool) (Credit: AP)

France’s first lady has backed an appeal by feminist groups condemning sexist comments that followed the arrest of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy supported the campaign “Sexism: they (men) lose it and women pay” Thursday on her official website.

More than 25,000 people have signed a petition organized by feminist groups condemning “misogynist comments by public figures” after Strauss-Kahn’s arrest on charges of attempting to rape a hotel chambermaid.

Several commentators appeared to downplay the seriousness of the allegations or depicted Strauss-Kahn as the real victim — of rough American justice.

A musician, actor and AIDS activist, Bruni-Sarkozy is married to French President Nicolas Sarkozy — Strauss-Kahn’s political rival.

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