France’s “former first lady” Carla Bruni to make singing début in Portugal

She may go down in history as one of Europe’s most unconventional “first ladies”, but one-time supermodel Carla Bruni – wife of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy – is first and foremost a singer.

She began singing as a nine-year-old and has never really stopped – not even when she entered the hurly-burly whirl of official engagements at the Elysée Palace.

Now, away from the world stage, she has just produced her fifth album: French Touch which she will be showcasing in Lisbon in January.

In an interview with the New York Times she explained that she was encouraged to compile this collection of covers because she simply could not write songs in English.

Music producer David Foster made this a stipulation – thus French Touch is literally that, a French interpretation of classic tunes, from Abba’s “The Winner Takes it All” to AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”.

According to the NYT, “French Touch has been a hit in the Sarkozy household”, the Rolling Stones have tweeted that they like it too.

Now, Portugal’s chance to hear the songs live will be coming to the Coliseum’s of Lisbon and Porto on January 25 and 27 respectively.

Tickets range from €30-€70 (Lisbon) and €40-€60(Porto).