The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

Get married, French ex-first lady Bruni tells successor


PARIS (AFP) - France's first lady Valerie Trierweiler would make her life a lot easier if she stopped living out of wedlock and became a "legitimate" wife: that's the simple advice from her ex-supermodel predecessor Carla Bruni.

Bruni delivered her words of wisdom in an interview with Elle magazine's French edition in which she also said she thought it highly unlikely her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, would ever return to politics.

The singer and songwriter also announced she would bring out her fourth album early next year.

Bruni's right-wing husband had to leave the Elysee palace in May after he was beaten in elections by the Socialist Francois Hollande, who has been in a relationship with Trierweiler for several years but who has not married her.