Model/singer CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY has opened up about the intense attraction that led her to wed French President NICOLAS SARKOZY in a new film about the First Lady.
The pair met at a November 2007 dinner party, where their connection was "instantaneous" according to Bruni, who wed Sarkozy two months later after a whirlwind romance.
According to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, Bruni recalls their meeting and the public's shock at their union in the film, Somebody Told Me About...Carla Bruni.
She says, "I don't know what he has but he has something very protective that I never found before, maybe because I was much more attracted to artistes.
"I realised people were shocked when I first started dating, because presidents don't date and I understand that. But it's just another world for me because I come from the modelling and the music - we can date forever, we don't have to get married.
"Also it was the first time a president got divorced, usually they don't get divorced because that's not good for their position. So I guess Nicolas is having a life like a normal 50-year-old man: He can get divorced and he can get married again."
And Bruni admits she was insistent on not giving up her music career to serve as First Lady of France: "I said to Nicolas, 'I cannot choose between you and my music, it's ridiculous. I'm not going to drop my job and iron my husband's shirts for the next four years.' So of course he didn't ask me to choose, I decided to keep my job."
The 80-minute film is set to air in France on New Year's Day.