W hen Carla Bruni ceased to be first lady of France last year, many thought that was the last the Elysée Palace would see of the former supermodel and(...)

French-Italian singer Carla Bruni performs during the Echo music awards ceremony in Berlin last week. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

Nearly 11 months have passed since François Hollande trounced Nicolas Sarkozy in the French presidential election. Yet if one is judged by medi(...)