Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni Sarkozy[1] (born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi; Italian pronunciation: [ˈkarla dʒilˈbɛrta ˈbruːni teˈdeski]; 23 December 1967) is an Italian-French singer-songwriter and supermodel. In 2008, she married Nicolas Sarkozy, the then President of France and ex-officio Co-Prince of Andorra.

Bruni was born in Italy and moved to France at the age of seven. She was a model from 1987 to 1997 before taking up a career in music. She wrote several songs for Julien Clerc that were featured on his 2000 album, Si j'étais elle. Bruni released her first album, Quelqu'un m'a dit, in 2002, which eventually spent thirty-four weeks in the top 10 of the French Albums Chart. Bruni won the Victoire Award for Female Artist of the Year at the 2007 Victoires de la Musique. The same year, Bruni released her second album, No Promises, then the following year she released her third album, Comme si de rien n'était. In 2013, Bruni released her fourth album, Little French Songs. In 2017, Bruni released her fifth album, French Touch. She has sold 5 million albums during her career.

She is the third wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, with whom she had a daughter, Giulia, on October 19, 2011. According to Forbes magazine, she was ranked 35th in 2010 in the list of the most powerful women in the world.

Committed to social issues, in 2009 she created the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation to promote access to culture and knowledge for all.

Carla Bruni Sarkozy
Carla Bruni Cabourg 2016 2
Spouse of the President of France
In role
2 February 2008 – 15 May 2012
PresidentNicolas Sarkozy
Preceded byCécilia Sarkozy (2007)
Succeeded byValérie Trierweiler (de facto)
Personal details
Born
Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi

23 December 1967 (age 51)
Turin, Italy
NationalityItalian, French[1]
Spouse(s)
Nicolas Sarkozy (m. 2008)
RelationsValeria Bruni Tedeschi (sister)
Children2
OccupationSinger-songwriter, model, actress
Known forModelling and singing careers, marriage to French president
Musical career
GenresChanson, Italian, English
Years active2002–2008, 2013-Present
LabelsNaïve Records, EMI

Early life and family

Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi was born in Turin, Italy. Bruni is legally the daughter of Italian concert pianist Marisa Borini and industrialist and classical composer Alberto Bruni Tedeschi. In 2008, however, Bruni told Vanity Fair that her biological father is Italian-born Brazilian grocery magnate Maurizio Remmert. When Remmert met Marisa Borini at a concert in Turin, he was a 19-year-old classical guitarist, and their affair lasted six years.[2] Her sister is actress and movie director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. She had a brother, Virginio Bruni Tedeschi (1959 – 4 July 2006), who died from complications of HIV/AIDS.[3] One of her maternal great-grandfathers was Italian, while the rest of her mother's ancestry is French.[4]

Bruni is heiress to the fortune created by the Italian tire manufacturing company CEAT, founded in the 1920s by her legal grandfather, Virginio Bruni Tedeschi. The company was sold in the 1970s to Pirelli (the brand continues in its former subsidiary in India, founded in 1958).[5] The family moved to France in 1975,[2] purportedly to escape the threat of kidnapping by the Red Brigades, a Communist terrorist group active in Italy in the 1970s and 1980s. Bruni grew up in France from the age of 7, and attended the boarding school Château Mont-Choisi in Lausanne, Switzerland. She went to Paris to study art and architecture, but left school at 19 to become a model.[6] By her biological father, Bruni has a half-sister, Consuelo Remmert.[7]

Career

1987–1996: Early career and modeling

Bruni signed with City Models in 1987, aged 19.[6] Paul Marciano, president and creative director of Guess? Inc., came across her picture among composite cards of aspiring models and chose her to model with Estelle Lefébure in campaigns for Guess? jeans.[6] Bruni subsequently worked for designers and fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Yves Saint-Laurent, Shiatzy Chen, Chanel and Versace.[6] By the 1990s, Bruni was among the 20 highest-paid fashion models, earning US$7.5 million in her peak year. While modeling, Bruni dated Eric Clapton, then Mick Jagger.[8] On 11 April 2008, a 1993 nude photograph of Bruni taken during her modelling career sold at auction for US$91,000 (€65,093) – more than 60 times the expected price.[9] She was a modeling subject of a 1999 trompe-l'œil wool-knit dress body painting by Joanne Gair that is included in Gair's second book, Body Painting: Masterpieces by Joanne Gair.[10]

1997–2005: Music career and debut album

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Bruni with actor Vincent Perez at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

In 1997, Bruni quit the world of fashion to devote herself to music.[2] She sent her lyrics to Julien Clerc in 1999, based on which he composed six tracks on his 2000 album Si j'étais elle.[11]

In 2002, her debut album Quelqu'un m'a dit, produced by Louis Bertignac, was released in Europe being a surprise hit, selling 2 million copies.[11] Three songs from the album appear in Hans Canosa's 2005 American film Conversations with Other Women,[12] the song Le Plus Beau du quartier was used in H&M's Christmas 2006 commercial, and the title track was featured in the 2003 movie Le Divorce[13] and in the 2009 movie (500) Days of Summer.[14] In January 2010, her song "L'amoureuse" was featured in an episode of NBC's Chuck, "Chuck vs. First Class".[15]

In 2004 Carla Bruni won an EBBA Award. Every year the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) recognize the success of ten emerging artists or groups who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album.

In 2005, she wrote the lyrics for ten out of twelve songs for Louis Bertignac's new album Longtemps, and performed two duets with him on the album, Les Frôleuses and Sans toi.[16] In 2006, Bruni recorded "Those Little Things", an English-language translation of the Serge Gainsbourg song "Ces petits riens" for the tribute album Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited. She took part in the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in a parade paying tribute to the Italian flag.

2006–2008: No Promises and Comme si de rien n'était

Her second album, No Promises containing poems by William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Walter de la Mare, and Christina Rossetti, set to music, was released in January 2007.

She continued recording after her marriage. She released her third album Comme si de rien n'était on 11 July 2008. The songs are self-penned except for one rendition of "You Belong to Me" and another song featuring Michel Houellebecq's poem La Possibilité d'une île set to music.[17] Royalties from the album will be donated to unidentified charitable and humanitarian causes.[18]

2009–present: Little French Songs and other projects

Bruni sang for Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday on 18 July 2009 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.[19]

In September 2009, she recorded a duet with Harry Connick, Jr. for the French edition of his album Your Songs. They sang The Beatles' song "And I Love Her".[20] The album was released in France on 26 October 2009.[21]

Following months of speculation, in a television interview broadcast on 23 November 2009, Bruni revealed that she had accepted a role in a forthcoming Woody Allen film. She admitted her reasoning for embarking on the Paris production; "I'm not an actress at all. Perhaps I'll be completely hopeless but I can't miss an opportunity like this one. When I'm a grandmother I'd like to be able to say I made a film with Woody Allen."[22][23] The film, Midnight in Paris, was released in 2011; Bruni appeared as a guide at the Musée Rodin, who discusses sculptor Auguste Rodin with the leading characters.

In January 2010, she was named in Tatler's top 10 best-dressed list.[24]

In September 2010, she contributed a cover of David Bowie's "Absolute Beginners" for the War Child charity record We Were So Turned On: A Tribute to David Bowie (Manimal Vinyl). They also released the track as a split 7" vinyl split with UK legends, Duran Duran.[25]

Italian singer/songwriter Simone Cristicchi's entry in the 2010 San Remo Italian Song Festival was the song "Meno Male", with the chorus lyrics of "Meno male che c'è Carla Bruni" ("Thank goodness for Carla Bruni"). The song appears to mock Bruni and her husband, but Cristicchi stated in an interview for Italian television weekly TV Sorrisi e Canzoni "I use sarcasm to explain our Italian way of always wanting to follow any type of gossip without being interested in real problems."[26] Bruni was to be a guest singer at the 2010 San Remo festival but withdrew from participating.[27]

In April 2013, Bruni's fourth album Little French Songs was released.

In September 2017, Bruni, along with models Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Cindy Crawford, closed the Versace spring/summer 2018 fashion show, which was an homage to the late Gianni Versace.[28]

Bruni presented two 3-part music series on BBC Radio 2: Postcards from Paris in 2014 [29] and C'est La Vie in 2018.[30]

Political activities

Following Bruni's marriage to President Nicholas Sarkozy on 2 February 2008, she moved into the Elysee Palace for the remainder of Sarkozy's five-year term. Bruni was given an office on the east wing of the Elysee Palace which was known as "Madame's wing" and was rewarded a private secretary.[31]

Although constitutionally, Bruni had no official role within government, she assisted her husband with a number of official obligations. She also accompanied Sarkozy on state visits, most notably, to the United Kingdom, where her presence led to the visit being widely publicized.[32] Bruni also accompanied Sarkozy on a state visit to meet the Dalai Lama in August 2008.[33]

In 2008, Bruni caused controversy when she spoke against the extradition of Marina Petrella, an Italian far-left terrorist. Petrella had murdered a police commissioner and assisted in the kidnapping of Italian politician, Aldo Moro. Petrella had been living in France since 1993 and had not been extradited due to the Mitterrand doctrine. Sarkozy eventually chose not to extradite Petrella.[34]

Bruni has represented The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria numerous times as an ambassador and has visited Burkina Faso and Benin while representing the organisation.[35][36][37]

In 2010, Forbes magazine ranked Bruni as the 35th most powerful woman in the world.[38]

Personal life

Political views

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Nicholas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni leaving the Elysee Palace, 15 May 2012

Bruni's political views have been inconsistent over the years though she defines herself as a left-winger. She has defended Nicolas Sarkozy and the UMP numerous times since becoming the First Lady of France and leaving the office.

During the 2007 French Presidential Election, Bruni stated that she would have voted for Ségolène Royal who was running against her future husband, Nicholas Sarkozy. Bruni said her lack of French Citizenship disallowed her from voting but she would have voted left wing due to it being family tradition.[39] In an October 2011 interview with the British newspaper The Sunday Herald, Bruni said "My family have always voted to the left. It's tradition. I'll never vote right wing."[40]

In an interview with Le Point, Bruni said, when asked about her political leanings, "I am left wing, but I'm not against my husband or his party. I am not an activist." In a May 2011 interview with Le Parisien, Bruni said she no longer felt left wing and identified as an ultra-Sarkozyist.[41]

Bruni does not identify as a feminist, telling Vogue Magazine, "My generation doesn't need feminism...I'm not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I'm a bourgeois."[42]

She is not opposed to same-sex marriage and in favor of adoption.[43][44]

Marriage to Nicolas Sarkozy

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Carla Bruni with Michelle Obama, 3 April 2009

Bruni met the recently divorced French president Nicolas Sarkozy in November 2007, at a dinner party.[45] After a brief romance they married on 2 February 2008 at the Élysée Palace in Paris. The marriage is Bruni's first and Sarkozy's third. Bruni obtained French nationality not long afterwards.[1] She has since made contradictory statements as to whether she still holds Italian citizenship as well.[46] On the 28 April 2014 episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, she confirmed that she still holds Italian citizenship.[47] Besides her native Italian, Bruni can speak fluent English and French.

Following her marriage to Sarkozy, in February 2008, Bruni continued accompanying him on state visits, including to the United Kingdom in March 2008, which created a sensation in the international press and for the public in both Britain and France.[48] She had an office and staff at her disposal in the East wing of the Élysée Palace.[49]

There was controversy on the eve of the state visit to the UK, with the publication by Christie's auction house of a nude photograph of Bruni taken during her career as a model.[50] The photograph sold for $91,000.[51] There was also great interest in Bruni's wardrobe, which was Christian Dior, seen as a diplomatic choice, since Dior is a French design house but the wardrobe was designed by John Galliano, a British designer.[52] Another controversy was the use of a popular photo of the French President and Bruni in the print advertising of Ryanair. The couple was awarded damages by a French court,[53] which they donated to Les Restos du Cœur, an organisation that provides meals to the homeless.

In December 2008, Bruni sued the makers of a bag featuring a nude shot taken during her youth. Clothes designer Pardon has produced 10,000 of the shopping bags emblazoned with the nude photo taken in 1993, showing Bruni staring at the camera with her crossed hands covering her crotch.[54]

In late August 2010, Iran's state-run daily paper Kayhan called Bruni a 'prostitute' after she had condemned the stoning sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani for adultery in an open letter, along with several French celebrities, including actress Isabelle Adjani.[55][56] The paper later also called for Bruni to be put to death for supporting Sakineh Ashtiani, and for what the paper described as Bruni's moral corruption and having had extra-marital affairs herself. Even though Kayhan is a state-sponsored paper that, along with other state-run Iranian media, continued its tirade against Bruni, Iranian officials tried to distance themselves from that violent stance and openly condemned it, while a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry criticized the comments as being 'unacceptable'.[57] Then-President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also condemned the remark made by the paper.[58]

On 19 October 2011, Bruni gave birth to a daughter, Giulia, in the Clinique de la Muette, in Paris.[59]

Philanthropy and charity work

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Bruni at the 2009 NATO summit, 4 April 2009.

Involved for years in humanitarian and charity work, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy became world ambassador for the protection of mothers and children against HIV in 2008.[60] In April 2009, she launched the Fondation Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, to promote access to culture and knowledge for all.[61][62]

In a letter of support to the association People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), she took a position against fur in fashion.[63]

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is involved in various charitable activities. She gave her royalties for her album Comme si de rien n'était to the Fondation de France,[64][65] and supports different events or causes, such as the Born HIV Free campaign,[66] animal rights,[67][68] the Nelson Mandela foundation, the French association AIDES for AIDS research, the French association La Chaîne de l'Espoir or the association Warchild UK. She also participated in a concert with Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin for the 91st birthday of Nelson Mandela,[69][70] and recorded a song for the album We Were So Turned On: A Tribute to David Bowie.[71] She is involved in the promotion of young artists, and did a duet with French singer Marc Lavoine for the Prix Constantin, an annual French music prize awarded to newer artists.[72][73] Bruni met the Dalai Lama in August 2008 at Lerab Ling, a Buddhist temple on a hill in Languedoc, France.[74] Bruni received Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to France in September 2008.[75]

Bruni visited New York City in September 2008 with her husband, where she attended a meeting on poverty and female mortality with Queen Rania and Wendi Murdoch, met for lunch with First Lady Laura Bush at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Symposium on Advancing Global Literacy and attended the General Assembly in the UN with her husband.[76]

She attended state dinners with the Emir of Qatar and wife and with Iraq's president in Paris in 2009. She and Sheikha Mozah (wife of Emir of Qatar) will be working together on the topic of education promotion.[77] Bruni visited Doha on invitation of Sheikha Mozah in November 2009.[77] Bruni took up the cause of an Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, fighting a death penalty by stoning.[78][79]

In April 2009, Bruni was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III on the occasion of the couple's Spanish State Visit.[80] In January 2010, Bruni visited Benin, her second visit as ambassador for The Global Fund.[81] She also received Haitian orphans who survived the Haiti 2010 earthquake and were adopted by French families.[82]

She was critical of Pope Benedict XVI on the controversial topic of religion and AIDS.[83] According to Le Canard Enchainé, Bruni was asked by Vatican officials not to join her husband in an official visit for fear that the Italian newspapers would reprint racy pictures dating from her modelling career.[84]

The Enthovens

In 2001, Bruni had her first child, son Aurélien, with philosophy professor Raphaël Enthoven. Bruni has been described as having been the mistress of Enthoven's father, journalist Jean-Paul Enthoven, when she began her relationship with the younger Enthoven, who was at the time married to novelist Justine Lévy; Bruni claims that she only went out with Jean-Paul Enthoven a few times and was never his lover, and that Raphaël Enthoven was already divorcing his wife when she encountered him months after last seeing Jean-Paul.[2] The song "Raphaël" from Bruni's album Quelqu'un m'a dit is about her relationship with Raphaël Enthoven, and Justine Lévy's 2004 book Rien de Grave (published in English in 2005 as Nothing Serious) is about the end of her marriage; a character named "Paula" represents Bruni.[2][85] Bruni told Vanity Fair that Raphaël Enthoven ended their relationship in May 2007 because he felt they had become "like friends," and that they remained on good terms.[2]

Discography

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1994 Prêt-à-Porter Herself Uncredited
1998 Paparazzi Herself
2009 Somebody Told Me About. . . Carla Bruni Herself 80-minute documentary film[86]
2011 Midnight in Paris Museum guide Directed by Woody Allen[87]
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Honours

Foreign honours

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Further reading

  • Gair, Joanne; Klum, Heidi (foreword), (2006). Body Painting: Masterpieces by Joanne Gair. Universe Publishing. plates section. ISBN 0-7893-1509-2.

External links

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Agnieszka Pachałko – Miss Polish 1993, Miss Miss Polish Audience 1993, Miss International 1993, is the second Pole, which it did (after Agnieszka Kotlarska in 1991).

I graduated from High School Jan Kasprowicz in Inowrocław. Christina's mother is a retired teacher Pachałko biology in the second and LO Pachałko father Leon is a retired physical education teacher in the High School. Jan Kasprowicz in Inowrocław.

In 1993, Agnes took first place in a beauty contest Miss Polish. It turned out to be a ticket to the world of fashion. In 1994–1999 she worked as a model in Paris, presenting the collections include: Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Nina Ricci, Loris Azzaro and Luis Ferrau, working alongside such models as: Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Carla Bruni and Karen Mulder. In January 1999 was on the cover of a magazine CKM. After returning to the Polish company founded her own clothing.

Carla Bruni discography

The discography of Carla Bruni, an Italian/French singer-songwriter, consists of five studio albums, five singles, six promotional singles and five music videos. In 2003, her debut album Quelqu'un m'a dit, produced by Louis Bertignac, was released in Europe with success in Francophone countries. Three songs from the album appear in Hans Canosa's 2005 American film Conversations with Other Women, the song Le Plus Beau du quartier was used in H&M's Christmas 2006 commercial, and the title track was featured in the 2003 movie Le Divorce and in the 2009 movie (500) Days of Summer. In January 2010, her song "L'amoureuse" was featured in an episode of NBC's Chuck, "Chuck vs. First Class".Her second album, No Promises containing poems by William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Walter de la Mare, and Christina Rossetti, set to music, was released in January 2007. She released her third album Comme si de rien n'était on 11 July 2008. The songs were self-penned except for one rendition of "You Belong to Me" and another song featuring Michel Houellebecq's poem La Possibilité d'une île set to music. Royalties from the album were planned to be donated to unidentified charitable and humanitarian causes.

Casino de Paris

The Casino de Paris, located at 16, rue de Clichy, in the 9th arrondissement, is one of the well known music halls of Paris, with a history dating back to the 18th century. Contrary to what the name might suggest, it is a performance venue, not a gambling house. The closest métro/RER stations are Liège, Trinité – d'Estienne d'Orves, and Haussmann – Saint-Lazare.

The first building at this location where shows could be mounted was erected by the Duc de Richelieu around 1730, while after the Revolution the site was renamed Jardin de Tivoli and was the venue for fireworks displays. In 1880 it became the Palace Theatre, which housed shows of different types, including wrestling.

It was at the beginning of the First World War, however, that the modern Casino de Paris began to take shape, when the venue was converted into a cinema and music hall. The bombardments of the First World War caused performances to be interrupted, and it is when they resumed that the revue format which lasted through a good part of the twentieth century was established.

Over the decades, performers who have played the Casino de Paris have included Mistinguett, Maurice Chevalier, Josephine Baker, Micheline Bernardini, Tino Rossi, Line Renaud, Shakin' Stevens, Carla Bruni, Violetta Villas, and Zizi Jeanmaire; writers who have contributed work have included Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Ferrat; Yves Saint Laurent designed for the Casino in the 1970s, and poster artists have included Erté and Jules Chéret.

Catwalk (1995 film)

Catwalk, a documentary covering life on the fashion runways, was filmed in 1993 by director Robert Leacock and premiered in 1995. The film followed models Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon, Kate Moss, and Carla Bruni as they jetted around London, Milan, Paris, and New York City during Spring Fashion Week, including behind-the-scenes footage. The film was shot in black and white and color, and featured many top designers at work, like a young John Galliano, Justin Thomas, Karl Lagerfeld, and Gianni Versace four years before his death.

Comme si de rien n'était

Comme si de rien n'était (English: As If Nothing Had Happened) is the third album of Italian-French singer and previous French first lady Carla Bruni. It was released on 11 July 2008, in continental Europe, on 14 July 2008 in the United Kingdom, and on 5 August 2008 in the USA.

French Touch

French Touch is the fifth studio album by Italian-French singer and former French First Lady Carla Bruni.

It was recorded during 2017 and released on 6 October 2017 on Teorema and Barclay Records.

Il cielo in una stanza (song)

"Il cielo in una stanza" (Italian pronunciation: [il ˈtʃɛːlo in una ˈstantsa]) is a song written by Gino Paoli and originally recorded by Italian singer Mina for the album of the same name. The song was released as a single in June 1960 by Italdisc. It became a commercial success in Italy, topping the charts for eleven consecutive weeks and later returning to number one for three additional weeks. It is also Mina's best-selling single in Italy, with estimated sales of 400.000 copies.The song was subsequently re-recorded by several artists, including Paoli himself, Franco Simone, Ornella Vanoni, Giorgia, Carla Bruni and Mike Patton. In 2018, Paoli's version of the song was certified gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.

Kayhan

Kayhan (Persian: کيهان‎, English: The Cosmos) is a newspaper in Iran. It is considered "the most conservative Iranian newspaper."Hossein Shariatmadari is the editor-in-chief of Kayhan. His official position is representative of the Supreme Leader.Kayhan has about 1,000 employees worldwide. There are conflicting reports about its circulation numbers: in 2006 the BBC gave "60-100,000", in 2007 the New York Times gave "about 70,000", and in 2008 a New York University School of Law journal article gave "350,000". Kayhan also publishes special foreign editions, which include the English-language Kayhan International.

Lerab Ling

Lerab Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist centre founded in 1992 by Sogyal Rinpoche in Roqueredonde, near Lodève in Occitanie, France. It contains perhaps the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in Europe, which was officially inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 2008 at a ceremony attended by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Little French Songs

Little French Songs is the fourth studio album by Italian-French singer and former French First Lady Carla Bruni.

It was recorded during 2012 and released on 29 March 2013 on Teorema and Barclay Records in France, and on 16 April 2013 in United Kingdom on Verve.

Louis Bertignac

Louis Bertignac (born 23 February 1954) is a French guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. An ex Shakin' Street member and a founding member in 1976 of the rock band Téléphone, he formed Bertignac et les Visiteurs after Téléphone split in 1986. Tony Visconti produced his first solo album, Elle et Louis (1993) and Chris Kimsey the second, '96.

In 2004, he produced, arranged and played guitar on the debut album by Carla Bruni, Quelqu'un m'a dit. Bruni in turn contributed lyrics to 10 of the 12 songs on Bertignac's 2005 album Longtemps.

He performed at Live 8 at the Palace of Versailles on 2 July 2005.

Manimal Vinyl

Manimal Vinyl is a Calabasas based record label founded in 2006 by musician and fashion editor Paul Beahan. They were originally known as a psychedelic folk label that makes semi-annual tribute records for worldwide charities, having eventually switched to dance music and progressive underground. They are the label who has release debut records from act ranging from Warpaint to Bat for Lashes and exclusive singles from Moby, Duran Duran, Carla Bruni, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. In 2008, they founded the annual Manimal Festival in Pioneertown, California which ran from 2008-2010. The festival has featured line-ups with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Warpaint, Ariel Pink and papercranes. In 2015, Manimal signed on with legendary avant-garde artist Yoko Ono to release the highly anticipated sequel to 2007's Yes, I'm A Witch with Yes, I'm A Witch Too which features collaborations and remixes from Death Cab for Cutie, Miike Snow, Penguin Prison, Moby, Peter Bjorn and John, Cibo Matto, and Sparks. In December 2016, operations moved to Calabasas, California. As of 2018, Manimal operates as a distributor and boutique record label. In 2018 the label launched a film company Centaurus A Pictures.

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris is a 2011 fantasy comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his materialistic fiancée and their divergent goals, which become increasingly exaggerated as he travels back in time each night at midnight. The movie explores themes of nostalgia and modernism.

Produced by the Spanish group Mediapro and Allen's US-based Gravier Productions, the film stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Sheen. It premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was released in the United States on May 20, 2011. The film opened to critical acclaim and has commonly been cited as one of Allen's best films in recent years. In 2012, the film won both the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay; and was nominated for three other Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Art Direction.

No Promises (Carla Bruni album)

No Promises is the second album by the Italian-French singer-songwriter Carla Bruni. It was recorded during 2006 and released in January 2007. While Bruni's début album, Quelqu'un m'a dit, was sung in French; this album was sung in English.

All tracks on the album are adapted by Bruni from poems by 19th- and 20th-century authors.

Noel! Noel!! Noel!!!

Noel! Noel!! Noel!!! is a holiday album by Michel Legrand featuring various artists, released in December 2011 through Verve Records.

Quelqu'un m'a dit

Quelqu'un m'a dit (French pronunciation: ​[kɛlkœ̃ madi]; Someone told me) is the debut album of Italian-French singer-songwriter, model, and former First Lady of France Carla Bruni. It was produced, recorded and mixed by Louis Bertignac and released in 2002.

Raphaël Enthoven

Raphaël Enthoven (born 9 November 1975) is a French philosophy teacher, radio host and television host. An agrégé who taught at Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 and Paris Diderot University, Enthoven is known to the French public for hosting various philosophy-related shows on radio and television. Although he has been described as a philosopher, Enthoven himself rejects being labeled as such.

The Devil Wears Nada

"The Devil Wears Nada" is the fifth episode of the twenty-first season of The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 15, 2009. In the episode, Marge and a group called the "Charity Chicks" pose for a history-oriented calendar in hopes of raising money for charity, but Marge becomes the talk of the town due to the erotic poses she made after a few drinks of red wine. Meanwhile, Carl is chosen as the newest supervisor at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, and hires Homer to be his personal assistant.

The episode was written by Tim Long and directed by Nancy Kruse. It was broadcast soon after the character Marge had appeared on the cover of Playboy, though there was no connection between the episode and the cover; the idea for the episode was conceived first, and Marge's appearance was due to an unrelated offer from Playboy. Since airing, "The Devil Wears Nada" has received mixed reviews from television critics. It was watched by approximately 9.04 million viewers during its original broadcast. Clips showing the satirical appearances of French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni in the episode became Internet hits in France, with hundreds of thousands of views on Dailymotion and YouTube.

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