French first lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy's shocking revelation: Only 30 lovers?

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France's new first lady, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, has shocked her nation by singing about having 30 lovers on her brand new album, "Comme si de rien n'etait" ("As if nothing had happened").

Only 30? Quelle disgrace!

But, according to Reuters, the former high fashion model insists her new songs -- even the ones mentioning cocaine and heroin -- were not inspired by her whirlwind marriage to President Nicolas Sarkozy and were all written before they met. Well, one can only hope.

Carla_bruni___arno_klarsfeldHer album -- due out July 21 -- was reviewed by Le Figaro critic Bertrand Dicale, who said the work shows Bruni coming of age as a songstress. Dicale observed that Bruni now embraces more recognizably French styles and the flamboyance of the 1960s.

"I am a child despite my 40 years and 30 lovers," Bruni sings in "Une Enfant" ("A Child"), which, according to Dicale, is one of the best tracks on the album. Yeah, but can you dance to it?

In another, titled "You Are My Drug," Bruni sings: "You are my drug. More lethal than heroin from Afghanistan and more dangerous than Colombian cocaine."

This is Bruni's third album and her first since marrying Sarkozy in February. The recently divorced politician, 53, and Bruni, 40, began dating in November, went public in December and tied the knot on Feb. 2.

Coverage of their jiffy-quick romance has been cited as a factor in the politician's plummeting popularity ratings, which hit record lows earlier this year. A small price to pay for love, I say.

As for Bruni, she sings in one of her new songs, "They can curse me, they can damn me, I don't care."

Photos: Top, Ron Galella shot of Eric Clapton and Carla Bruni Sarkozy celebrating Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's birthday in 1989, posted to WireImage in August 2007. Bottom, Bruni and Arno Klarsfeld at a 1995 Gianni Versace show. Credit: WireImage

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