Zut Alors! French First Lady Bruni Voted Fifth in Parisian Style Poll

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De la Fressange: Bow before her. Photo: Imaxtree

Well, this comes as something of an electoral surprise — First Lady of France, the lovely and tuneful Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who has the reputation as the most elegant and stylish woman at the international table, has been bested in a recent Le Figaro poll determining who is the "most chic woman in Paris". And Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy didn't just come up second — she landed in fifth place with only 8.6 percent of the total vote. And who, pray tell, represents the "ultimate chic, urban classiness, and unflappable elegance" of Parisian style to the readership of the Sarkozy-supporting Le Figaro? It's ex-Chanel muse, designer, model, socialite, heiress, and Roger Vivier brand ambassador Inès de la Fressange (pictured), who snapped up 29.5 percent of the vote and at 52 is still walking the runways, having taken to the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier earlier this year. In short, even the most stylish woman by any international standard is a plebe compared to Paris' chicest femme jolie. Americans, we are all doomed.

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