Sarkozy steps out with ex-supermodel Bruni
President Nicolas Sarkozy is romancing supermodel-turned-pop singer Carla Bruni, just two months after his divorce.
PARIS, December 17, 2007 - French newspapers reported that
President Nicolas Sarkozy is romancing supermodel-turned-pop singer Carla
Bruni, just two months after his divorce.
Sarkozy, 52, and Bruni, 38, were photographed together at the Disneyland
theme park near Paris on Saturday.
They made little apparent attempt to hide the fact that they were there
together, though none of the photos showed them any closer than
The Elysee Palace would not comment on the photographs, but L'Express
magazine editor Christophe Barbier told French television that Bruni -- who
has in the past dated rock stars Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton -- confirmed to
him that she is romantically involved with Sarkozy.
"She told me that the publicity surrounding this story did not bother her
and that from now on, it would become an affair, a public love story," he told
"We must now wait and see how far the president will go in presenting Carla
Bruni officially" as his companion, Barbier added.
Bruni, who will be 39 on Sunday, was born in Italy and is the heiress to a
tyre manufacturing fortune. An elegant brunette, she was a top fashion model
before turning to pop music. She has a young son from a relationship with
philosopher Raphael Enthoven.
Sarkozy has two sons from his first marriage and one son from his 11-year
marriage to Cecilia Sarkozy, which ended in a much publicised divorce in
He is the first French president to divorce while in office.
"Carla Bruni and Sarkozy are out in the open," wrote the popular Le
Parisien newspaper on its front page that featured one of the photos of the
The rightwing newspaper Le Figaro ran a photo of Bruni under the headline
"Carla Bruni, the president's companion". It said that "the presence of
Sarkozy and Carla Bruni in such a public place suggests that they do not
intend to specifically hide themselves."
The photos are to be published this week in the popular celebrity magazines
Closer, Paris Match and Point de Vue, which splashed the headline: "Carla
Bruni: the president's queen of hearts."
"Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni wanted their relationship to be known,
otherwise I do not see why they would have gone to EuroDisney to watch the
Mickey Mouse parade," said Point de Vue editor Colombe Pringle.
French politicians declined to be drawn into the debate on the president's
romantic life. Socialist Party leader Francois Hollande, who went through a
highly public separation from presidential candidate Segolene Royal, said the
couple had a right to privacy.
"It's their life. Either they decided to come out as a couple in public,
and I think it's probably the case, or they have a right to have their privacy
protected," said Hollande.
Bruni released her first pop album "Quelqu'un M'a Dit" (Someone Told Me) in
2004 and it was a surprise hit. This year's follow-up "No Promises" --
consisting of segments of English poetry set to music -- was less successful.
Politically she has placed herself on the left, telling a British newspaper
earlier this year that she would vote for Sarkozy's rival Segolene Royal in
the May presidential election.
"My parents also always voted for the left. It's a tradition. I will never
vote for the right," she told The Sunday Herald.
Bruni also signed a petition protesting against government plans to
authorise voluntary DNA tests to establish kinship for would-be immigrants to
The Italian singer was unkindly portrayed in a 2004 novel written by her
love rival, Enthoven's ex-wife.
Justine Levy, who is the daughter of media philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy,
described a character who was "beautiful and bionic, with the look of a killer
.. and an immobile face, like it was sculpted in wax."