Carla Bruni, the ex-model wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy, has claimed in an interview that being first lady is less strenuous than modelling. France's first lady also revealed the country's worst-kept secret by confirming that she is pregnant.

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Carla Bruni: life as first lady ‘less tiring than modelling’

Carla Bruni, the ex-model wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy, has claimed in an interview that being first lady is less strenuous than modelling. France's first lady also revealed the country's worst-kept secret by confirming that she is pregnant.

Carla Bruni: life as first lady 'less tiring than modelling'

Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, as she is officially known, is currently on holiday in the presidential residence at the Fort de Brégançon. 

 

Speaking to local newspaper Nice Matin, she said that the job of first lady is “not a burden. It is a role that has its duties, but nothing too overwhelming. My husband has the real workload and I am there to accompany him. It’s a responsibility and one has to be careful what one says”. 

 

Bruni has tended to keep a low profile in France since she married Sarkozy in 2008, only rarely giving interviews. Her glamorous background as a model, singer and actress has sometimes seen her criticised for being out of touch with ordinary French people. She insisted in the interview that she is “not an airhead”.

 

Speaking of the pregnancy, which has been the worst-kept secret in France for months, she said it had given her “great happiness” even if it was “unexpected and not planned”. She said that rumours she is having a boy were misplaced. “I don’t even know myself,” she said.

 

Bruni is making the most of the luxurious presidential residence on the Mediterranean where she is looking forward to spending most of August with her husband. She admitted she “hasn’t lifted a finger”. She credited the “magnificent and very comfortable” interiors to former first lady, Bernadette Chirac.


Other plans have been put on hold since her pregnancy. She has not finished her latest album and was not able to attend the Cannes premiere of the Woody Allen film, ‘Midnight in Paris’, in which she plays a tourist guide. 

 

In a further hint that President Sarkozy will certainly run for re-election in 2012, she confirmed that she would like him to run “for the good of France”.

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Carla Bruni fails to woo fans in North America

French singer Carla Bruni may draw crowds in France but it would appear her talents are failing to excite on the other side of the Atlantic. The former first lady has cancelled two legs of her upcoming North America tour after reports of poor ticket sales.

Carla Bruni fails to woo fans in North America
Carla Bruni Sarkozy performs during a charity show to help Alzheimer scientific research in September in Paris. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

France's former first lady, singer Carla Bruni has cancelled two upcoming performances in Canada, her agent confirmed on Tuesday.

Bertrand de Labbey said two concerts in Canada had been cancelled after the Italian-French model-turned-singer, who is married to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, asked for her schedule to be "lightened".

Canadian newspaper the Ottawa Citizen, however, reported that ticket sales for one of the concerts had been disappointing.

According to the paper, only 100 tickets have been sold for her concert booked for April 23rd at the Casino du Lac Leamy in Gatineau, western Québec.

Bruni may have one consolation, though. Franco-Belgian singer Lara Fabian was also forced to cancel a concert at the same venue, the Canadian paper reported.

The pop singer cancelled the event due to “hearing problems”, despite the fact that 85 percent of tickets to the performance had already been sold. 

Bruni, meanwhile, will now perform in New York, Los Angeles and Montreal on the North American leg of her tour.

The 46-year-old made her stage comeback in November with a concert to promote her fourth album, "Little French Songs".

The former model, who is married to former French president Nicholas Sarkozy, continues to hit headlines in France, albeit indirectly. 

In December, Chinese hackers broke into the computers of several European diplomats during a G20 meeting in Paris, using the promise of naked pictures of Bruni. According to US-based internet security firm FireEye, the X-rated bait reportedly worked on "almost everybody".

READ: 'Nude Carla Bruni pics dupe Euro diplomats

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