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FOREIGN INTRIGUE: As her husband, French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin, prepared for a vital Security Council meeting on Iraq at the United Nations on Friday, Marie Laure de Villepin sat down at Emanuel Ungaro for a dose of fashion diversion.

This story first appeared in the March 10, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

The lawsuit against Morgan Stanley alleges biased research and conflict of interest. An LVMH spokesman declined to comment on the report.

FASHION DIPLOMACY: Overheard, one editor to another, after a muscle-bound security guard clobbered a tiny, mini-skirted fur protester at Celine: “If George Bush really wants the French to go after Saddam Hussein, all he has to do is get him a membership in PETA….That’s when they really go to war.”

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