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French President's Taste for Bling Begins to Sting

French President's Taste for Bling Begins to Sting

Originally posted 03/11/2009 10:00AM

Most people return from a Mexican vacation with photos, a sombrero and a sunburn. But France's luxury-loving President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, former model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, have come home to face a political headache.

Their vacation nightmare began March 5, when the couple, unannounced, slipped away from Paris three days early for a one-day state trip to Mexico. Their secret destination: a beachfront villa at the El Tamarindo Beach and Golf Resort outside Manzanillo, complete with private pool, Jacuzzi, a butler, cook and a maid.

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New Film Goes Inside Carla Bruni & Nicolas Sarkozy's Romance | Carla Bruni

New Film Goes Inside Carla Bruni & Nicolas Sarkozy's Romance

Originally posted 12/29/2008 01:05PM

Model and singer Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says it was bombshell attraction that led to her marrying the French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

A guest at an intimate, eight-strong dinner party, she was seated next to Sarkozy, and the sparks were "instantaneous, immediate ... I don't know what he has but he has something very protective that I never found before, maybe because I was much more attracted to artists," she says of their November 2007 meeting in an upcoming film about her.

She describes that and more in Somebody Told Me About ... Carla Bruni, which airs in France on New Year's Day. The pair wed only two months later after a whirlwind romance, which Bruni, 41, recalls was not understood by many.

"I realized people were shocked when I first started dating, because presidents don't date and I understand that. But it's just another world for me because I come from the modeling and the music – we can date forever, we don't have to get married," she says, according to the U.K.'s The Sunday Times newspaper, which got a sneak peek of the 80-minute film.

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Barack Obama Named Time's Person of the Year

Originally posted 12/17/2008 08:30AM



Sorry, Oprah, Michael Phelps and David Cook, but Time's Person of the Year is Barack Obama, the magazine's managing editor, Rick Stengel, announced on Wednesday's Today show.

"He hit the American scene like a thunderclap, upended our politics, shattered decades of conventional wisdom and overcame centuries of the social pecking order," Time reports in its cover story.

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Anxious to Meet Michelle Obama

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Anxious to Meet Michelle Obama

Originally posted 11/10/2008 09:40AM

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."

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Hopes Marriage Will Boost Album Sales | Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Hopes Marriage Will Boost Album Sales

Originally posted 07/11/2008 08:00AM

Comme si de Rien N'etait – or "as if nothing had happened" – is a rather coy title for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's new album, given her marriage to French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Of course, something did happen – a lightning-quick courtship with the just-divorced politician, as the press chronicled every move. And now, in the wake of her February nuptials, the First Lady's CD has generated so much buzz in France, her record company moved the release date up to Friday.

So will her political position help or hurt her singing career?

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: 30 Lovers and a Guitar | Carla Bruni

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: 30 Lovers and a Guitar

Originally posted 06/12/2008 08:30AM

In any country, a first lady admitting she's had 30 lovers – and comparing the president to hardcore drugs – would make headlines. In France, however, it's apparently cause for jubilation.

More than six weeks before its release, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's third album, Comme si de Rien N'etait (or Like Nothing Happened), is already getting rave reviews in the French press.

The Journal du Dimanche devoted three pages to Bruni, including her modest self-description: "I am only a folksinger. I tell little stores which are mine – and yours."

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Carla Bruni Visits Africa as France's First Lady

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Carla Bruni Visits Africa as France's First Lady

Originally posted 02/28/2008 11:50AM

Stepping far away from the glamour and pomp of a state visit, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy took her initial steps on the international scene as France's First Lady in a South African township on Thursday.

"This is my first visit," Bruni-Sarkozy, accompanying her new husband, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, told journalists. "For the moment, I am listening to what people tell me, that is how I see my role."

The visit to Khayelitsha Township's Women's Group highlighted a French-initiative business enterprise. To show its appreciation, the group presented Bruni-Sarkozy with a woven jute handbag just like the ones it exports to the U.S.

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France's New First Lady Describes 'Immediate' Love | Carla Bruni, Nicolas Sarkozy

France's New First Lady Describes 'Immediate' Love

Originally posted 02/12/2008 05:30PM

In her first interview since the start of her relationship with Nicolas Sarkozy, France's new first lady, former supermodel Carla Bruni, has opened up about their whirlwind romance and marriage.

"They tell me that it all was too rapid. That's not true between Nicolas and me. It didn't happen rapidly. It was immediate," Bruni, 39, tells the French news magazine L'Express.

Although the pair were married nine weeks after they met, "for us, it even seemed slow," says Bruni. "I know you don't get married in an instant and that even more, we were in the spotlight. But lovers, you know, have their own sense of time."

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