French First Lady Carla Bruni has a history of breaking hearts, and one of her former love rivals spoke to The Sunday Times about Bruni's role in her divorce. Novelist Justine Lévy, daughter of Bernard-Henri, was wedded to philosopher Raphaël Enthoven when Carla caught his eye. He left Lévy, and Carla later gave birth to a son fathered by Raphaël.
In her 2004 novel based on the scandal, Nothing Serious, Lévy wrote of Bruni:
"I thought she was beautiful and dangerous with that immobile face, as if sculpted out of wax. When she smiled her bones sort of moved to reveal her teeth...I thought she was beautiful and bionic, with the look of a killer."
Lévy, who has since remarried and has a new novel coming out, told The Times about her reaction to Bruni's relationship with Nicolas Sarkozy.
"I laughed," said Levy, fiddling with the straw in her Diet Coke as she sat in a Parisian cafe. "I thought that was really funny."
Would she dine at Elysee Palace, as her and Bruni's ex Raphaël does?
"No. And I don't see why I'd be invited."
Carla Bruni released a hit single in 2002 entitled "Raphaël" and inspired by her ex: