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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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Searchers find body of French snowmobiler who crashed through ice

Canadian searchers on Friday found the body of one of five French snowmobilers whose machines fell through the ice of a frozen lake, police said.

Searchers find body of French snowmobiler who crashed through ice
Canadian police searching for the bodies on snowmobiles. Photo: HO / Sûreté du Québec / AFP
A spokesman acknowledged that the chances of finding the group alive had dimmed, but police were “keeping up hope” of recovering their bodies.
   
The search for the snowmobilers includes divers, sonar operators and police backed by helicopters in the area about 225 kilometers (140 miles) north of Quebec City, and is expected to resume again at daybreak.
   
Quebec provincial police spokesman Hugues Beaulieu said the body discovered Friday “was found more than two kilometers from the initial search area in Grande Decharge River” at the mouth of Lake Saint-Jean where the accident happened.
   
“At the moment, we can't identify the body,” French Consul General in Quebec Laurent Barbot said during a press briefing. “The process is underway and the families have of course been informed,” he added.
   
The group included eight French tourists, who were snowmobiling Tuesday evening in an area that is off limits to snowmobiles because the ice is thinner there.
   
Three snowmobilers survived with minor injuries. They returned to France on Thursday evening, according to the consulate.
   
Their 42-year-old Canadian guide died on Wednesday in a hospital after trying to rescue members of the group.
   
Police have recovered six snowmobiles at the bottom of the lake near where the accident occurred, and provincial authorities have pledged to tighten safety measures on the use of the machines.
   
Investigators do not know why the group left the approved paths to venture “off-piste” at nightfall, but some experts believe they may have been trying to take a shortcut to their destination.
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