Carla Bruni website falls victim to its own success
French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy launched a website on Monday that promises a glimpse of her life with President Nicolas Sarkozy, but its instant success knocked it off the web.
The former supermodel's site, www.carlabrunisarkozy.org, was unable to cope with the initial demand and disappointed Carla fans were met with a message requesting them to try again in a few hours.
The site, whose front page was shown on some French news websites, aims to publicise Bruni's charity work as well as giving the world a glimpse of her life in the Elysee Palace with Sarkozy.
Bruni, who had a successful career as a pop star before marrying the twice-divorced Sarkozy in 2008 after a whirlwind romance, already has a website dedicated to her musical career.
The new site covers three topics: her foundation to help the underprivileged in France, her work as ambassador for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and her life as France's first lady.
Bruni's launch came just days after her husband took another big step in the Internet communications world by saying he would track his every move at a forthcoming climate summit in Denmark on Twitter, the microblogging website.
Sarkozy already has a page on the social networking website Facebook.
The president divorced his second wife Cecilia in October 2007, five months after he took France's highest office. He married Bruni at a small ceremony at the Elysee Palace, his official residence, in February last year.
Sarkozy is the first French president to divorce while in office and the first in over seven decades to marry while in office.