Carla Bruni Sues Over Nude Image on Shopping Bags

French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is taking legal action to stop a fashion company from selling bags bearing a nude black-and-white image of her.

Bruni-Sarkozy's lawyer, Gesche Le Fur, told a French court on Monday that her client was seeking $168,300 in damages from clothing vendor Pardon, Reuters reported.

The clothing firm is based on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion.

Click here for photos of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and her husband.

Pardon has been giving the bags to its clients. The nude photo of Bruni-Sarkozy was taken in 1993 when she was a model.

The same image fetched $91,000 at a recent New York auction, Reuters reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.