With her husband voted out of office (and accused of taking illegal campaign donations from l’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt), France’s former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is transitioning back to civilian life and would like it if you bought her new album. To that end, she’s given an interview to French Vogue, in which she makes various attempts at normalcy but can’t help straying into bizarre, Romney-esque territory. Which begs the question: Is she promoting her new album or Les Misérables?
In the December cover story, she says, “We don’t need to be feminist in my generation. There are pioneers who opened the breach. I’m not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I’m a bourgeois. I love family life, I love doing the same thing every day.” The implication being that a woman’s place is in the home, which wouldn’t be the worst idea if every woman had, as she does, multiple homes. She also refused to talk about Nicolas Sarkozy’s legal battles, sounding a bit deposed-y, and reaffirmed she just wants “to go back to being an ordinary citizen like everybody else.”
Marrying Nicolas Sarkozy within weeks of his election in 2007, Bruni has, on nearly every front, adopted her husband’s arch-conservative opinions. On the bright side, however, she has her own, enlightened view of marriage equality. “I’m rather in favor of homosexual marriage and adoption,” she says. “I’ve lots of friends—women and men—who are in this situation and I don’t see anything unstable or perverse in homo-parental families.” She definitely knows her terminology.