Berlusconi says he can sing better than Aznavour
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday said he could sing better than French songwriting legend Charles Aznavour during an event on top of the northern city of Milan's cathedral.
"Someone wrote that I would have sung with him, but my institutional position prevents me from doing so. Also, I would have surely been better than him," joked Berlusconi while introducing Aznavour, the ANSA news agency reported.
Berlusconi, who was a cruise ship crooner in his youth, was presenting Aznavour after receiving an institutional prize for his political career amid the pinnacles and spires that overlook the roof of the gothic cathedral.
Before beginning his concert, Aznavour replied saying Berlusconi was "the most prestigious artist to have ever opened a show for me."
In receiving the prize, Berlusconi touted his government's achievements, including solving a rubbish crisis in the southern town of Naples and successes in the fight against organised crime, ANSA reported.
Berlusconi also took credit for halting the Russia-Georgia crisis in 2008 and for bringing France and the United States closer together.
The event marked the first time Berlusconi visited the cathedral since a man with a history of mental problems hit him in the face with a replica of the church after a rally on December 13 2009.
The attack left the 73-year-old billionaire with a broken nose and two teeth knocked out.
© 2010 AFP