It is a statement that is likely to raise the hackles of women everywhere.
In what many would consider to be a clumsy and insensitive move, Nicolas Sarkozy has publicly described breastfeeding as ‘slavery’.
While most women would welcome their husband’s sensitivity and discretion on such matters, Mr Sarkozy has spoken out about wife Carla Bruni’s struggle to produce enough milk for their newborn baby.
The French president, 55, also said a mother’s feeding ‘freed men of blame‘ for not getting up at night to give the infant a bottle.
Former supermodel Ms Bruni, 44, gave birth to the couple’s first child together – a girl named Giulia – four weeks ago.
It was the first child ever to be born to a president while in office in France.
Mr Sarkozy aired his views on breastfeeding while chatting to young mothers at a family benefits agency in south west France yesterday.
He said: ‘Carla is feeding the baby. I think it’s much better for protecting against allergies and illnesses.
by The Punjapit Alliance