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Iranian media warned
01 09 2010

The Iranian government today urged the country's media to refrain from insults after a hardline newspaper twice described Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, France's first lady, as a "prostitute".

The Keyhan daily paper made the comments after Bruni-Sarkozy condemned the stoning sentence against an Iranian woman convicted of adultery.

Ramin Mehmanparast, a foreign ministry spokesman, said insulting foreign dignitaries was incorrect and was not officially sanctioned.

The paper first called Bruni-Sarkozy a prostitute on Saturday and repeated the comment today. It said that, like Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman sentenced to stoning, Bruni-Sarkozy deserved to die, as did actor Isabelle Adjani, who also condemned the sentence.

Mehmanparast called on Iran's media to use more temperate language. However, Iranian state-run TV also described Bruni-Sarkozy as "proud of her immoral acts".