The Daily Telegraph

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy confession: ‘I no longer feel left wing’
The Daily Telegraph

The supermodel-turned-singer’s reputation as a « luvvie Lefty » has been cited as a major handicap to Mr Sarkozy’s re-election, and her political change of heart is an attempt to boost support for her unpopular husband among his core Right-wing electorate.

Only two years ago Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy had claimed that she was « instinctively left-wing » after at one stage supporting her husband’s Socialist rival in the 2007 presidential elections. In 2008, she told the Libération newspaper: « Nobody has to be joined at the hip in politics or with one’s husband ». A year earlier she told a British newspaper: « I would never vote on the Right. »

But in Monday’s interview with Le Parisien newspaper, she said her previous political persuasion was only due to her belonging to a « community of artists. » « We were bobo (bourgeois bohemians), we were left-wing but at that time I voted in Italy (her native country). » I have never voted for the Left in France and I can tell you, I’m not about to start now. I don’t really feel left-wing anymore, » she said.

She said her political U-turn was down to the recent behaviour of the French Left. « I have heard Socialist officials say the same kinds of things as the National Front say, and I have been really shocked, » she claimed.