Carla Bruni ''has problems'' with Sarkozy

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London, Jun 23 (UNI) French first Lady Carla Bruni has admitted being a Leftist and having problems with President Sarkozy's Right wing politics.

''My instinctive reflexes are Left wing ... I am not joined at the hip with (my husband's) politics,'' she said, adding, ''I get the impression that people who are completely one side or another only think with one part of their brain.'' But despite their political differences, she said, ''If he ever stood for election again, I would still vote for him.'' She expressed relief that Mr Sarkozy had toned down his ''bling bling'' tastes for Chunky watches and Ray-Ban sunglasses in favour of her more ''austere'' tastes.

''I have quite austere taste, and he is more sober now. This is important for someone in his position,'' she said.

She added that she wanted to follow the first lady tradition of doing charitable work, and ruled out giving pop concerts while her husband is still in power, the Telegraph quoted her interview given to another newspaper Liberation.

The glamorous 40-year-old admitted to have enlisted the help of an advisor to help her avoid shocking ''conservative people.'' ''(They) were deeply shocked by the arrival on the scene of a girl who is not French, not married, free to have been what she was, with a child,'' she said.

''But my husband doesn't correspond to the idea I had of conservatives. He is not conservative at all. Nor does correspond to a large chunk of those people who make up his party,'' she said.


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