London, Sept 17 (ANI): The White House has dismissed claims in a new book that Michelle Obama told French first lady Carla Bruni that her life as America's first lady was "hell".
"The first lady never said that," the BBC quoted Mrs Obama's spokeswoman Katie McCormick Lelyveld as saying.
French embassy spokesman Emmanuel Lenain also stated that the remarks "were never said."
"Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy distances herself completely from the content of the book, which was not authorised and the authors alone are responsible for its contents," he said.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs used his Twitter feed to refer reporters to Mr Lenain's statement.
"Don't ask! It's hell. I can't stand it," Mrs Obama was quoted as saying to Carla Bruni in a private conversation at the White House in March 2010 in the book. (ANI)