Paris: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on Wednesday declared that rumours about the state of her marriage to France`s President Nicolas Sarkozy have no importance and are not part of a plot against them.
The French first lady was responding after several European newspapers reported rumours about the couple`s private life, and after Sarkozy aides had alleged that unnamed forces are behind a deliberate smear campaign.
"These are insignificant rumours that count for nothing. We have never tried to fight them. These are rumours that are unpleasant, but which have no importance," she said, in an interview with Europe 1 radio.
"I don`t think that we have been victims of any kind of plot. I think that rumours have always existed, that unfortunately they`re part of being human," she explained, in her first public response to the scandal.
"We have decided, my husband and I, to not accord any importance to this. There is no plot. There will be no revenge. It`s of no concern to us, and we turned the page on this a long time ago."
Bruni-Sarkozy was asked, why -- if there was no plot -- did Sarkozy`s communications advisor Pierre Charon endorse a police investigation and suggest that foreign business interests were behind the rumours.
"Pierre Charon spoke with the urgency of friendship. He took it very much to heart. He took it more to heart than we did," she replied.