"With a wig nobody recognises me in the metro," says former model and first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in an interview with the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur. "Recently, my handbag was even searched in the museum of the Navy."
"Fame isn’t difficult to bear because I like to disguise myself literally and figuratively," says Bruni-Sarkozy.
In a recent interview, the glamorous first lady admitted to rather unusual habits to escape the formality of the Elysée Palace such as wearing a wig.
Bruni-Sarkozy says her way of life is eccentric compared to previous first ladies, such as Claude Pompidou, a philantropist and first lady in the 70s.
"Next to Madame Pompidou, I’m Lady Gaga!" she said.
Bruni-Sarkozy has been criticised for being out of touch with common people at a time when the French are suffering from a deep economic crisis.
As well as being a former model known for her flings with celebrities including Mick Jagger, Bruni-Sarkozy is also an Italian heiress and a singer.