France's first lady compares self to Jackie Kennedy

Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:46am EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, said she sees herself as akin to former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, in an interview with a U.S. magazine released on Monday.

The former supermodel-turned-pop singer said she welcomes comparisons to Onassis, who is remembered for the stylish elegance she brought to the White House in the early 1960s during the presidency of her husband, John F. Kennedy.

"She was so young and modern, and of course unconsciously I would project myself more like Jackie Kennedy than, for instance, Madame de Gaulle, who would be much more like the classical French woman behind her husband," Bruni said in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

Bruni, 40, married French President Nicolas Sarkozy in February amid a flood of publicity after a whirlwind three-month romance that started one month after Sarkozy, 53, divorced his second wife, Cecilia.

"My mistake is that I fell madly in love and did not take the measure of how enormous this was going to be," Bruni said.

Bruni also said Sarkozy does not mind pictures of her in the nude that were taken during her modeling days.

"I never realized how many nude pictures I did before I met Nicolas," she said.

Bruni, an Italian-born naturalized French citizen, also opened up about her past relationships with British rockers Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.   Continued...

<p>French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy arrive at the Elysee palace after the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris July 14, 2008. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>