The former first lady of France has a new album called “Little French Songs” coming out Tuesday (April 2), and it’s already creating some controversy. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, sings about a variety of things on her album, including life while dating Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, according to THR.
In the song “At Keith and Anita’s Place,” a reference to Keith Richards and his former girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, Bruni describes a day in the life of her relationship with Jagger, singing, “Someone is rolling a joint. Oh no! I don’t smoke. We’re at Keith and Anita’s place.”
Another song, called “The Penguin,” seems to take aim at current French president Francois Hollande. “Penguin” is a French nickname for someone who looks the part, all dressed up, but is lacking in grace. The song’s lyrics read, “He takes on the airs of a king, but I know the penguin does not have the manners of a lord.” Bruni has both admitted and denied that Hollande is who she is singing about on the track.
Her husband, the former president, is being formally investigated in relation to his campaign finance activities. It has been claimed that he took financial advantage of Liliane Bettencourt, the impaired L’Oreal heiress and richest woman in the world, during his campaign in 2007. While promoting the album, Bruni has dismissed the claims as “unthinkable.”
This is Bruni’s fourth album since 2003. She took a break from writing and recording music in 2008, instead focusing on her husband’s time in office, and giving birth to a daughter in 2011.