France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is finally opening up about her pregnancy, and says she sometimes dreams about returning to her old life of work and family.
The Italian-born former supermodel-turned-singer said she’s been superstitious about her pregnancy and doesn’t think the French find it all that interesting anyway.
“I’m superstitious, so yes, I’ve been very careful,” she told BBC Radio in an interview that will air Tuesday. “But there isn’t much to say. So many women are expecting children and giving birth, and it’s so uninteresting for French people.”
“It’s great news for me, but it’s also something very banal,” the 43-year-old told interviewer Christine Ockrent, a well-known French journalist and close friend of Bruni-Sarkozy.
The first lady did note that her child is set to become the first baby at the Elysee Palace. “I guess it’s the modern world going into the French Republic, which is not bad,” she said.
Bruni-Sarkozy has a son from a prior relationship, and President Nicolas Sarkozy has three sons from two previous marriages. He married her in 2008, less than a year after he took office.
How long the Sarkozys will remain in the palace is up in the air. President Sarkozy could face a tough campaign in France’s presidential election next spring.
But Bruni-Sarkozy hinted in the BBC interview that she wouldn’t mind giving up her role as first lady, saying “playing guitar and touring is what I miss most.”
“My dream life is just to go back to my job full-time and be with my family. You know, regular dreams, common dreams that everyone has,” she said in excerpts from the interview posted on the BBC website.
Bruni-Sarkozy confessed that what really made her fall for Sarkozy was not his mastery of politics, but his knowledge of gardening.
“When I met him, walking around the garden in the [presidential Elysee Palace], he keeps giving me all these flowers’ names,” she said. “He knows all the Latin names, all these details about tulips and roses.
“I said to myself: ‘My God, I must marry this man, he’s the president and he knows everything about flowers as well. This is incredible.’”