Ahmadinejad condemns 'crime' against French first lady
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has condemned as a "crime" attacks against France's first lady Carla Bruni by a leading hardline newspaper which called her a "prostitute."
In an interview published Sunday in the government newspaper Iran, Ahmadinejad said the attacks by the daily Kayhan, whose chief editor is appointed by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, were also against Islam.
"Certain things happen in our media which I do not believe in at all. For example, can a publication attribute a trait to the wife of a European president?" he was quoted as saying in a clear reference to Bruni.
"What kind of Islam allows that?" Ahmadinejad asked, adding such insults were "contrary to religion" and "a crime worse than a crime," without naming Kayhan.
"If there really is justice, the perpetrators should be prosecuted."
In late August, Kayhan called Bruni an "Italian prostitute" who deserved to die for supporting Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, the 43-year-old Iranian mother of two who has been sentenced to death by stoning.
France lodged an official complaint over the the article and the Iranian foreign ministry distanced itself from the attack by the newspaper known for its harsh insults against Iranian and foreign personalities.
© 2010 AFP