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.