A French magazine is under fire for airbrushing away President Nicolas Sarkozy's love handles from a photo taken during his recent vacation in New Hampshire. Paris Match belongs to the French president's close pal Arnaud Lagadere.
In the picture below, you can still see Sarko's love handles. But in the Paris Match image above, the magic wand has been applied. Voila, handles gone!
For a 52-year-old, Sarko doesn't look half bad. He's certainly not as fit as judo-fighting former KGB agent Putin, but he's respectable enough. But studliness isn't the reason he's making headlines. Sarko's in the news because French gossip magazine Paris Match airbrushed a photo from his summer vacation in New Hampshire to remove his love handles.
Getting by with a little help from his friends? This photo from the same trip shows a Sarkozy with love handles even when he isn't cramped into the seat of a canoe.
But critics will note that Paris Match belongs to the Lagardere media empire, whose owner Arnaud Lagardere is a close friend of Sarkozy. If you're an editor at a Lagardere publication, critical coverage of Sarkozy might cost you your job. Two years ago, after Cecelia Sarkozy temporarily separated from Nicolas Sarkozy, Lagardere sacked Paris Match's editor after he published a photo of her with her new beau on the cover.
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