Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to resume singing career after husband announces retirement
CARLA Bruni-Sarkozy is to start singing live again and will release a new album of songs in the autumn, her promoter confirmed on Tuesday.
There are even rumours of France's outgoing first lady starring in a new biopic about her family history.
News of the 44-year-old's desire to revive her showbusiness career came after her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, announced his retirement from politics.
The 57-year-old suffered a humiliating electoral defeat on Sunday night, meaning that he became the first French head of state to be rejected after just one term for 31 years.
Sarkozy is facing an uncertain future – his poor English means he is unlikely to be able to make money on the lucrative US lecture circuit, and he has ruled out any return to politics.
Veronique Rampazza, spokeswoman for Sarkozy's wife, said: "Carla did not put her career on hold during Nicolas Sarkozy's five years in office. She continues to compose.
"What she gave up for practical reasons was her public concerts, which she is now able to start again."
Bruni-Sarkozy has a recording studio in her Paris town house and will release her new album in time for Christmas.
She is hoping to repeat the success of Quelqu'un m'a dit' (Somebody Told Me), which came out 10 years ago, and sold around 2 million copies, mostly in France.
After her marriage to Sarkozy in 2008 following a whirlwind romance of just 80 days, Bruni-Sarkozy was never out of the limelight.
There were cover photo shoots for glossy magazines like Vanity Fair and Vogue – including a controversial one on the roof of the Elysee Palace – and she took a role in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris.
Bruni-Sarkozy's actress sister, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, is producing a movie about the history of their multi-millionaire family, and the outgoing first lady may play herself.
In an interview in 2008, Sarkozy said he would "start to make money" when he quit front line politics.
This has led to speculation that he will follow the lead of his friend Tony Blair and try and establish himself as a multi-millionaire lecturer and international trouble shooter.
Sarkozy's problem in this respect is that he speaks poor English, and would struggle to impress backers in the United States, where political celebrities like Blair and former American president Bill Clinton can earn up to a £250,000 plus expenses per talk.
Sarkozy is unlikely to return to his first career as a lawyer, either, but thanks to his Italian-born wife's £20m personal fortune he does not need to work again.
What it certain is that he will have a lot more time to spend with the couple's seven month old baby daughter, Giulia.