French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his ex-supermodel wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy met with the Obamas Thursday in one of the most anticipated get-togethers of the President's European tour - but the commander in chief was met with an icy brush-off from the French First Lady.
Bruni-Sarkozy welcomed Michelle Obama warmly at the meeting but gave the visiting President the frosty treatment. While the French stunner gave traditional European double-kisses to Michelle Obama and other visiting dignitaries, she offered only a business-like handshake to Barack Obama.
Nicolas Sarkozy gave Michelle Obama kisses on both cheeks and welcomed President Obama with a hug, The Sun reported.
The meeting of the two political powerhouse couples centered on Bruni-Sarkozy and Michelle Obama as the two First Ladies have both made waves for redefining the role of presidential wife and for their fashion-forward clothing choices.
The women share another common trait: both statuesque ladies tower over their world-leader husbands.
Bruni-Sarkozy and Michelle Obama engaged in a mini-couture face-off at the meeting in Strasbourg, France, where both wore similar to-the-knee coats with a bow at the neck. Michelle Obama went for a feisty pair of kitten heels, while Bruni-Sarkozy stuck to classy flats.
Bruni-Sarkozy told Vogue magazine in March that she hates makeup and prefers simple clothing, but like Michelle Obama, the Frenchwoman is quickly becoming a fashion icon in her home country.
The French Presidential couple known for their affection in public couldn't keep their hands off each other at the meeting - Sarkozy even copped a quick feel of his model bride that was caught by the cameras.
The meeting was held before the formal start of the NATO alliance's 60th anniversary summit, which Obama and Sarkozy attended.