Carla Bruni: Sarkozy ‘devoured the little boy in me’

From the Sunday papers: from Bruni’s ‘absolutely sensual’ breastfeeding to civil servants’ gay sex failure

LAST UPDATED AT 11:55 ON Sun 2 Dec 2012

CARLA BRUNI has said her husband, the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, has made her “more of a woman” by “devouring the little boy” in her, The Sunday Times reports. In an interview with French Vogue, Bruni, who has had two children, revealed the difficulties she had coming to terms with motherhood. “Pregnancy, giving birth… there are women who like it. But in the eighth month I wanted to go on a trampoline and smoke cigarettes.” Bruni also reveals she finds breastfeeding “absolutely sensual”…

SYRIA’S most senior army defector, Brigadier-General Manaf Tlass, has told The Sunday Times that President Bashar al-Assad might use chemical weapons on his own people. “I don’t know when or how he will use chemical weapons, but he uses the air force and tanks against his people. So using chemical weapons would be part of the same logic. He may use them when the end comes,” said Tlass. He added that Assad is “a war criminal, detached from reality”...

A PREMIER League footballer who posed for a photograph on the toilet apparently wiping his bum with £20 notes has been labelled “the vilest footballer in Britain” by The Sun. West Bromwich Albion defender Liam Ridgewell, 28, reportedly earns at least £20,000 per week - about the same as the average annual salary in the West Midlands. Ridgewell has apologised for the photograph, which he said was taken eight months ago to “wind up a mate”...

BOEING’S shadowy prototype arm Phantom Works has successfully tested a missile that can wipe out an enemy’s electrical devices, including whole computer networks, the Mail on Sunday reports. The weapon, codenamed the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), is thought to be equipped with an electromagnetic pulse cannon, which fires off microwave beams that cause surges in electrical equipment. It is thought the missile could be used against Iran’s nuclear facilities which are hidden in bunkers and caves...

CIVIL SERVANTS drafting proposals for gay marriage have been stumped by what constitutes consummation between two men or two women. Civil servants have spent months attempting to define the conccept and have consulted sex experts and gay rights organisations. In the end, reports The Sunday Times, they failed, and it now seems likely that judges will have to rule on the matter when a gay or lesbian couple argue in court that their marriage has not been consummated...

STARBUCKS is talking to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs about changing its financial structure so that it pays tax in the UK, The Sunday Telegraph reports. Starbucks has been criticised for paying only £8.5m in corporation tax since it launched in 1998, because its UK arm has been unprofitable. It is thought the coffee chain will now change way it offsets payments it makes to Dutch and Swiss divisions of the company, meaning it will create a profit in the UK and therefore pay tens of millions of pounds in tax...

LAWYERS could be forced to strike for the first time if the government pushes ahead with changes to the legal aid system, the new head of the Criminal Bar Association, Michael Turner QC, has said. He warned The Sunday Telegraph that plans to open up the legal market to non-lawyers will result in the likes of Tesco and G4S taking all the legal aid work in particular areas. These companies will then be able to force solicitors to work for them “for £25,000 a year” because they have all the contracts. He said standards would be lowered: “If you have Tesco lawyers, you will get Tesco judges.”...

A PROFESSIONAL American footballer shot himself at his team’s training ground minutes after he is believed to have killed his girlfriend, the Observer reports. Jovan Belcher, a 25-year-old linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, is thought to have shot Kassandra Perkins, 22, at the house they shared with their two-month-old daughter. Belcher then went to the Arrowhead stadium, where he talked with members of the team’s management. But when police arrived, he walked away and shot himself in the head... · 

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