London: French First Lady Carla Bruni has expressed her willingness to play a "very real role" in international politics, insisting that she can "take a stand on current affairs".
The 43-year-old former Italian supermodel stakes her claim to be taken seriously in a new French First Lady section on her official website, a move which will be of huge interest to global rivals like British Premier`s wife Samantha Cameron and US First Lady Michelle Obama, `The Daily Telegraph` said.
The website features pictures of the flamboyant French President`s wife meeting statesmen including British PM David Cameron.
The site states: "The First Lady plays an official role representing France. She accompanies the Head of State on a number of trips abroad and takes part in official events."
It adds: "The First Lady`s presence can also be interpreted as a way of showing support or taking a stand on current affairs."
Bruni has already made a number of political statements, including ones attacking Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, and the Pope for his teachings on
However, with President Nicolas Sarkozy, 56, facing a Presidential Election next year, Elysee Palace sources said that her ambitious claims were aimed at winning over France`s traditionally conservative voters.
"Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy believes she is far more than just a President`s wife. She believes the French people want her to use her considerable talents to take a serious role in world affairs. As she often says: `I really am the Premiere Dame`," said one.
Recent opinion polls have put President Sarkozy`s popularity at less than 30 percent.