Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (left) and Michelle Obama
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11/10/2008 AT 09:40 AM EST
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's message to Michelle Obama? Welcome to the club!
France's First Lady says she cannot wait to meet her American counterpart.
"I don't know her yet," Bruni-Sarkozy said during an impromptu interview with TV's Public Senat. "I admire the couple though and I can't wait to meet her. To see this couple go to the White House is just magnificent."
The former model – who wed France's president Nicolas Sarkozy in February
– added that she's "happy, very happy" that Barack Obama has been elected
president of the United States.
Having an African-American in the White House is, she said, "a magnificent symbol, a progress."