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Nicolas Sarkozy's tippy-toes Napoleon complex ignites online chuckles *

April 21, 2009 |  1:45 pm

Sarkozy-obamas An image showing height-challenged French President Nicolas Sarkozy standing on his tippy toes is the latest joke that's getting passed around social media websites.

In the photo, Sarkozy stands with his wife, former supermodel Carla Bruni, President Obama and Michelle Obama.

The clearly vertically-challenged Sarkozy attempts to make up for his shortcoming by stretching up on tip-toes for the camera. Unfortunately for him, the lens caught his trick.

The snarky caption on the "de-motivational poster" reads, "Insecurity: Dude, you're president of France and your wife's smokin' hot. Really. It's OK."

The European media has highlighted the comical height difference -- in addition to their 13-year age difference -- between Sarkozy and his wife. Bruni, who stands at 5-foot-11, has....

...switched from heels to flat-bottom shoes to make up for the shorty, who is 5-foot-5, the British Telegraph newspaper reports.

Sarkozy was in especially tall company in that photo. Barack Obama is 6-foot-1 and his wife is 5-foot-11. 

This wasn't the first time Sarkozy was the butt of an Internet joke. More than 2 million people have watched a video of Sarkozy drunkenly stumbling over a speech at the G-8 summit in 2007.

Not to mention Sarkozy's affectionate public butt pat of his wife as shown here in The Ticket  the other day.

Sure, he's the target of plenty of wisecracks. But the lesson is simple: He's the leader of the French nation, and he's married to a glamorous, multitalented supermodel -- she was also a musician. Lucky guy. Even on his toes.

-- Mark Milian

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Photo: Eric Feterberg / AFP / Getty Images  (Same photo with feet obscured).

* An earlier version of this post misspelled the French president's name as "Nikolas."

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