German officials have slammed French first lady Carla Bruni’s plan to issue a charity appeal before Germany’s parliament, citing an unfair use of “celebrity status” to gain such privileged access.
Bruni, who is an ambassador for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, wanted to appear before the budget committee of the Bundestag, the lower unicameral house of Germany’s parliament, to appeal for more AIDS funding, officials said. She is reportedly seeking an extra 200 million euros (USD269 million) in German aid for the fund, according to Telegraph.co.uk.
“I can’t imagine she’ll be given an official invitation, because that would break the committee’s rules,” said Norbert Barthle, budgetary spokesman for the Christian Democratic Union of Germany said last week. “We mustn’t give the impression that celebrity status ensures access to the budget committee.”