April 7, 2009 / 9:13 PM / in 9 years

Lenny Kravitz reads fan mail from French president

PARIS (Reuters) - Rock star Lenny Kravitz has received fan mail from the “bling bling” president himself -- France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, dubbed thus for his fondness for fashion and the high life.

<p>U.S. singer Lenny Kravitz performs on stage during a concert in Aubervilliers, near Paris, April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>

Kravitz, in Paris to promote the 20th anniversary of his debut album “Let Love Rule,” said Sarkozy had sent him a note which impressed him by singling out specific songs.

“I have a nice letter from your president,” Kravitz told reporters in a studio on the outskirts of town. “Wow, I was, like, ‘you listened to the record!'”

Kravitz kicks off his European tour on April 17 with a concert in Caen, in the north of France.

He added that he and Sarkozy’s wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, were long-time acquaintances.

But when pressed on how he knew the ex-model and socialite, Kravitz only smiled and repeated: “I know Carla from back in the day.”

Reporting by Sophie Taylor, editing by Paul Casciato

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