Claws are out for Carla Bruni over her move from 'catwalk to cabinet'
French First Lady Carla Bruni was yesterday accused of being the ‘power behind the throne’ by influencing her husband too much.
Daily newspaper France-Soir said the former supermodel had moved from catwalk to cabinet in less than two years.
It wrote: ‘Although a discreet wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has in reality got her hand not just in the head of state’s diet and sporting regimes, but is also affecting the choice of government.’
Power: French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni arrive for a G20 dinner in Pittsburgh last week. The First Lady has been accused of wielding too much political influence over her husband
The French media and Nicolas Sarkozy’s close friends suggested it was his gruelling fitness regime encouraged by his wife that led to his collapse while jogging in July.
The paper even suggested she had been at a meeting to decide the composition of Sarkozy's cabinet.
'Her influence feeds every kind of fantasy,' it added.
It said it was her pressure that lead to Sarkozy abandoning his support for a new law that all immigrants should be DNA-tested.
Sarkozy, pictured jogging around New York during the UN summit last week, has always been keen to present the image of a healthy, energetic leader - but critics have accused his wife of putting his health in danger with her fitness regime
When the law was first mooted two years ago, Bruni was quoted as saying: 'I myself am just a very privileged immigrant.
'What would have happened to me if my own parents had been subjected to DNA tests?'
The paper also claimed that Bruni was also responsible for the sacking of Justice Minister Rachida Dati, as well as the appointments of Frederic Mitterand as Culture Minister and Philippe Val as head of France Inter radio.
Ms Bruni and her stepson, Louis Sarkozy, listen to the president address the UN
The paper added: 'But she who admits to being instinctively left-wing is pulling her husband towards the centre, and abandoning the law on DNA testing is only the latest proof.'
Sarkozy himself admitted to the French media that his wife's importance was 'immense'.
He said recently: 'I attach great weight to what she says to me. Her views widen my outlook and my thoughts.'
But he added: 'Carla and I speak a lot, but I think I have reached an age that allows me not to be influenced by anyone.'
Bruni has frequently denied she has any sway over her husband's policies.
She said in a separate interview with Au Feminin magazine this month: 'I have no influence on my husband's political decisions. They are his and he makes them in his own name.'
The Elysee Palace denied the allegation that Bruni helped choose government ministers.
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