Devoted Bruni fears second term will make Sarkozy sick
Carla Bruni has said that she does not want President Nicolas Sarkozy to run for a second term in 2012 because she fears for his health under the pressure of the job.
In an interview published yesterday, Ms Bruni (42) also said she despised media that published unsubstantiated rumours about her marriage with the French president this month. The singer and model said the "media-political world" was brutal towards her husband. "The balance, happiness and health of my man are serious subjects. I am going through this moment of life with a lot of worry."
Asked if she wanted Mr Sarkozy (55) to run for the next presidential election in April 2012, she said: "As a wife, I don't really want him to. Perhaps I am afraid he will let his health go. Perhaps I wish to live what time we have left in some peace?" Mr Sarkozy has suffered one of his worst weeks in office, raising speculation about the future of his presidency. Voters routed his Union for a Popular Movement in national regional council elections this month, and his poll ratings are near record lows. The cover of yesterday's 'Le Point', a leading news magazine, was devoted to "The Tragedy of Sarkozy".
His only sign of poor health so far, however, came last summer when he fainted after jogging. In her interview in 'Madame Figaro' magazine Ms Bruni, who married the president in 2008, spoke of her loathing for newspapers that published internet gossip suggesting that they were being unfaithful.
"I despise so-called journalists who use blogs as a credible source," she said. "I despise rumours that come from an internet blog signed Mickey Mouse or Superman."
Pal Sarkozy (82), the president's father, told 'The Times' the family had been wounded when newspapers reported the internet gossip as fact. He said his son had not yet indicated whether he would run in 2012.
Ms Bruni spoke of her love for the president: "He is someone who protects me from myself and the world. He is maybe the first man who protects me. The private part of our life is hard to describe without immodesty. It is the first time that I give as much as I get." (© The Times, London)