Carla Bruni Blamed for Axing Louvre Rock Concert

First lady blamed after officials ban museum gig
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2010 5:43 AM CDT
Carla Bruni Blamed for Axing Louvre Rock Concert
Having a rock concert in a historic building was "not a good idea," Culture Ministry officials told organizers.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Plans for the Louvre to host the first rock concert in its 800-year history have been axed, and the French press believes Carla Bruni is responsible. France's culture minister told organizers—who had already won approval to hold the concert in the museum's courtyard—that the event was "unsuitable." France's first lady is suspected of ordering the cancellation out of fear that it would overshadow a series of AIDS benefit concerts being held in Paris a few days later, reports the Independent. (More Carla Bruni stories.)

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