Bruni speaks out in debut interview as France's first lady
Sarkozy's new wife, former supermodel Carla Bruni, said in an interview that she wants to "keep her personality" in her new position as France's first lady.
PARIS, Feb 13, 2008 - President Nicolas Sarkozy's new wife, former
supermodel Carla Bruni, said in an interview published Tuesday that she wants
to "keep her personality" in her new position as France's first lady.
In her first interview since the couple's wedding earlier this month, the
40-year-old told L'Express weekly that she took her responsibilities and her
commitment to Sarkozy very seriously, but would maintain her independence.
Asked about her predecessors Danielle Mitterrand or Bernadette Chirac, she
told the magazine: "These are women I respect.
"However, just as Nicolas is not like his predecessors, I would like, as
well, while respecting the dignity of the position, to keep my personality."
"I do not know yet what I can do as first lady, but I do know how I want to
do it: seriously," she added, according to excerpts published online Tuesday.
The full interview will be published Wednesday.
The couple's romance became official in December, just two months after
Sarkozy's divorce from his second wife Cecilia, and a short time after, on
February 2, they married discreetly.
However, according to Bruni-Sarkozy, as the magazine called her, the
wedding could not have come soon enough.
What happened "between Nicolas and me was not quick, it was instant. So for
us, this was actually very slow", she was quoted as saying.
The president's third wife, who once said monogamy "bores" her, told the
magazine: "I am culturally Italian and I would not like to divorce...
"So I am the first lady up until the end of my husband's mandate, and then
his wife until death. I know that life can hold surprises, but that's what I
Bruni also admitted it was a "mistake" to bring her son, Aurelian, on what
became a highly publicised holiday the couple took to Jordan in December. The
boy was photographed covering his face while riding atop Sarkozy's shoulders.
"When I saw the photographers there, I told my son to hide his face,
because I thought it was better for him not to be recognisable in the photos,"
she told the magazine.
"My biggest mistake was, of course, bringing my son on this trip to Petra,"
she told L'Express. "That delivered an image that was shocking, violent,
obscene, that made me embarassed as a mother.
"That was not Nicolas' mistake, that was mine."