Striking the right chord

HER DAYS AS former first lady of France may well be a thing of the past, a pleasant and distant memory but Carla Bruni is far from hanging up her boots and lounging on the drawing room sofa in her house gown.


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Published: Sat 30 Mar 2013, 8:35 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:20 AM

Instead, the feisty 46–year-old has taken up her first love all over again and we are talking about her glamorous career as a model here and not a former flame.

Earlier this month Bruni, one of the most glamorous models in Europe before she opted for a career in music and then as her country’s first lady, flew to Rome where she shot a campaign for luxe brand Bulgari. We don’t know whether the extra pounds on her after recent motherhood intimidated her when she first faced the camera after a decade since she modelled for fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Chanel and Yves Saint-Laurent but we are inclined to think not.

Bruni is rather used to the merciless glare of cameras during her turn as a model, then a successful singer in France and more recently as the second wife of former President Nicolas Sarkozy. Now that they are out of the Elysee Palace after Sarkozy’s defeat by Francois Hollande, Bruni seems to have rediscovered her own self, announcing her comeback last May with a successful duet with popular duet with Algerian singer Enrico Macias. And, there are other albums, solo and in joint venture, with other artists, it is being reported.

The former president now need not worry about finding the money to bankroll his wife’s expensive tastes. The mother of two seems to have found her groove back and the modelling contract with Bulgari, reportedly worth a big packet, will keep her happy and pampered….

It is a different story altogether with her husband who is now being formally investigated for financially exploiting L’Oreal heiress Lilliane Bettencourt who reportedly financed his last election campaign. Bettencourt’s family is accusing Sarkozy of having taken advantage of the mentally fragile state of Bettencourt who is suffering from dementia and is under the guardianship of her family. She is officially France’s richest woman.

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