Singer Carla Bruni to tour France, U.S. to promote new album

Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:40pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Carla Bruni, France's former first lady, says she doesn't miss political life, isn't afraid of getting old and is looking forward to touring in France and the United States to promote her latest album, "Little French Songs."

It's the fourth album by the Italian-born former model who began her musical career in 1997. Her first, "Quelqu'un m'a dit" (Someone Told Me), was released in 2002 and sold 2 million copies.

Since then Bruni married Nicolas Sarkozy while he was president of France, had a second child and returned to private life after Sarkozy lost a re-election bid to Francois Hollande last year.

"It was full of interesting things, interesting people, very different from normal life," Bruni said about the political limelight. "I don't miss it at all."

Bruni worked on some of the songs while Sarkozy, who is embroiled in an investigation about party funding that could derail a political comeback, was still in office, so he wasn't surprised by the track "Mon Raymond" (My Raymond), a pet name for her husband.

Bruni describes it as a love song to Sarkozy, the father of her 19-month-old daughter. She also has a son who was born in 2001.

In the lyrics she describes Raymond as "a stunner, atomic bomb material" and "complex, romantic but tactical."

"He was OK with it. I think he liked it," she said during an interview with Reuters in New York this week. "Of course, being the muse for a song is not a position a man usually has, but it is a tender song."   Continued...

Singer-songwriter Carla Bruni-Sarkozy poses for a portrait to promote her new album "Little French Songs" in New York, June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri