Cécilia, who now lives in the US with her husband Richard Attias, was part of a panel discussing women, politics and power. The discussion was hosted by American journalist Christiane Amanpour on the ABC network. It follows recent scandals involving former IMF President Dominique Strauss Kahn and US Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Attias joined a panel with two other women to talk about the impact of the scandals and the struggles women face in the political and corporate world.
She told Amanpour that women are still "attracted by power" and that during her time married to Sarkozy she "saw women giving their phone numbers to him even if I was just next to him".
Cécilia Attias now runs a foundation for women in New York that seeks to improve equality and well-being for women.
Attias married Nicolas Sarkozy in 1996, the second marriage for both of them. They divorced in October 2007 and she married Richard Attias, chairman of an events management company, shortly afterwards in March 2008.