Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has said she is not keen to see her husband President Nicolas Sarkozy run for a second term in office, worried that the job might damage his health.
"As a spouse, I do not wish for it. Maybe I am afraid that his health will be affected. Maybe I want to live what time we have left together in a certain peace," she said.
"But whatever the situation and whatever my husband decides, I will quietly accept it," she added in an interview with The Figaro magazine.
Sarkozy's father Pal also suggested the president might find life more relaxing as a private citizen.
"He will be the one to decide," Pal Sarkozy told the daily Le Parisien
"But personally, I think he would have a much more peaceful and much more comfortable life if he didn't run."
"This is an opinion of a father who loves his son ... and who would like to see him happy," he said. Sarkozy came to power in 2007 and is expected to run for a second term in 2012, although he has yet to confirm this.
However, his poll ratings are hovering near record lows and his UMP party suffered a humiliating rout at a regional ballot last weekend, raising doubts for the first time over whether he would stand for re-election.
Bruni and Sarkozy married in 2008 after a whirlwind romance, but there was wild media speculation earlier this month that their marriage was in difficulty after a French blog reported rumours that both Bruni and her husband were having affairs.
"I despise so-called journalists who use blogs as if they were a credible source," Bruni told The Figaro magazine.
Bruni once described herself as a "man tamer" and has had a number of affairs with intellectuals and rock stars, including Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.
She has often been quoted as saying, in a 2007 interview, that she was "crazily bored by monogamy", but the former supermodel said she treasured her marriage to Sarkozy.