Ryanair incurs wrath of Sarko the Terrible
Cut-price ticket ad alludes to Bruni nuptials
The Elysée palace is apparently none too pleased with Ryanair, after the airline yesterday ran an ad in the French press featuring a lovely snap of Sarko and squeeze Carla Bruni.
The offending advert, designed to promote 100,000 cut-price tickets, showed the beaming couple staring up towards the line "Ryanair. For Every Occasion", while the fragrant Bruni enthuses: "With Ryanair, all my family can come to the wedding".
If official reaction to the outrage is anything to go by, Ryanair might be looking at a short walk to Madame Guillotine, because Elysée spokesman David Martinon thundered to AFP: "We're looking at all the legal avenues, because this is unacceptable."
Ryanair, of course, won't give un cuss d'un tinker what Sarkozy thinks of the ad, as long as it's getting the publicity it was looking for. And as for Sarko, we're with the unwashed French masses on this one: if you go galavanting around the world with your trophy chanteuse on your arm, you're going to attract a bit of unwanted attention. ®
And the Paris Hilton angle?
Sadly, as far as we're aware, Sarko has not as yet enjoyed even a single night in Paris with the lovely Paris, although we're sure they're both chomping at the bit to indulge in some light entente cordiale.
Re: Constipated much?
"..what the yanks would call a fair use manner... Ethical advertising extends as far as not making a blatantly false claim."
So I take then it you'll have no objection to my stealing your Myspace photo (or that of your girlfriend/SO), and using it to promote our book-sales website? With a speech bubble coming out of your mouth saying "Buy all your books from here - they've got books nobody else has!"? No false claims there, since our site does in fact have exclusive books.
Someone else who obviously hasn't heard of franglais.
Paris - cos even she knows a joke when she sees one ...
Shurely Shome Mishtake?
Have you guys not heard of "Private Eye"? Every fortnight it's packed full of similar pictures of the in/famous saying or thinking things that they actually *didn't*.
This is called satire.
And whilst this advert might not be to everyone's tastes, it exhibits some of the hallmarks of a topical, vaguely satirical article.
And, I am told, the Froggies love it. Allegedly.