The Simpsons take on Sarkozy

In a recent episode of “The Simpsons,” Homer and his pal Carl visit France and meet French first lady Carla Bruni and President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008.

Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008.

No state visits or official recognition were planned and few people even realized it had happened until much later. The parody episode, titled “The Devil Wears Nada” slipped under the French radar for a few days before becoming an Internet hit.

What’s funny is that more attention seems to have been paid to Carla Bruni Sarkozy’s appearance on “The Simpsons,” than her husband’s. Maybe the French are used to people making parodies of the first couple.

Screengrab of The Simpsons episode

Screengrab of 'The Simpsons' episode

Bruni, it seems, has been in the news just as much as her husband recently because she agreed to star in the newest film by Woody Allen. But that revelation has received far less news play than her “appearance” on the Simpsons. Here’s what a few media outlets had to say about the Simpsons episode:

AFP’s version on France 24 noted that few French citizens knew anything about the lampoon of the first couple until: “… news websites started linking to pirated clips of the episode, creating a buzz which saw more than 117,000 fans linking to the DailyMotion site alone.”

Le Monde wrote two paragraphs, but did include this quote from Bruni’s parody: “Je veux faire l’amour ! Maintenant !” According to Google Translator, it translates as “I want to make love! Now!”  No idea if there’s some reference specific to Carla Bruni’s sexual appetite or just the writers playing off a stereotype of the French seductress.

I found much less news or information about her Woody Allen movie debut, but maybe her television appearance will boost Bruni’s ego. She’s not doing a great job of selling herself as an up-and-coming actress. In interviews with the press, she said:

“I go into everything blindly, or I’d never do anything at all.

“I’m not an actress at all. Perhaps I’ll be completely hopeless but I can’t miss an opportunity like this one. When I’m a grandmother I’d like to be able to say I made a film with Woody Allen,” she gushed.

And she will — maybe. No word yet on when Woody Allen’s going to start filming, or what the picture will actually be about. For now, her fans will just have to keep replaying that short Simpson’s clip.

How would Americans react if first lady Michelle Obama was cast in a film or parodied on TV? Should the French be more concerned about the actions of its first lady?