Carla Bruni has a `very real role` in global politics
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Last Updated: Monday, April 18, 2011, 16:19
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 birth control.

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.


First Published: Monday, April 18, 2011, 16:19

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