Wednesday, May 18, 2011

France's First Lady Carla Bruni

I have to confess I hadn’t given her too much notice before. I knew she’s beautiful, but it sounds like she’s a generally interesting person.

Bruni's porcelain skin, slender frame and feline gaze helped make her one of the world's most successful models in the 1990s. As her modeling career waned, she turned her hand to music as a singer-songwriter. She has three albums under her belt, and said last February she planned to make a cover version in her native Italian of one of France's most patriotic songs.

But that’s not the information I found most interesting. This is…

Bruni has been linked to a string of famous men, including British musicians Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, U.S. property tycoon Donald Trump and former French Socialist prime minister Laurent Fabius.

She is also widely reported to have dated the French publisher Jean-Paul Enthoven before starting a relationship with his son, philosopher Raphael Enthoven, whom she married and with whom she has a son.

Bruni has not always been a fan of marriage. "I'm monogamous from time to time, but I prefer polygamy and polyandry," she told the Figaro Madame magazine in 2007, adding: "Love lasts a long time, but burning desire -- two or three weeks."

I would not classify that as her not being a fan of marriage. Polygamy, which may mean polyandry, can be marriage. Journalists should not fall into the trap that marriage = monogamy. Even when it is legally that way in places like France, it is common for politicians and others to openly have lovers, and their spouses to have lovers.
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