Carla Bruni's Vanity Fair Profile: French First Lady Opens Up On First Meeting Sarkozy, What She Thinks Of French People, And (Hopefully) Making First Babies

08/05/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Just months after his May 2007 election, French president Nicolas Sarkozy faced growing criticism over his stalled reforms, flashy style, and stormy divorce. The last straw should have been his whirlwind remarriage, to an Italian heiress, ex-model, and singer who had past liaisons with Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, among others, and nude photos all over the Internet. But the lady in question, Carla Bruni, is proving an unexpected asset. At the Élysée Palace, Maureen Orth encounters a pair of romantic predators who appear to have met their matches.

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