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Model, first lady, heiress ... and now AIDS ambassador

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is a busy girl.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is a busy girl. Many might think being a model, singer, songwriter, heiress — and of course wife to the president of France — would be quite enough for one career. But the 42-year-old has a new role as ambassador for the Global Fund Against AIDS. She spoke to CNN International anchor Hala Gorani.

Why did you choose to work with the Global Fund Against AIDS?

To me, it’s important to do something while I stand by my husband. I saw the amazing work that the Global Fund was doing and how many lives it was saving every year. I’m deeply concerned by the work that can be done on mothers and young children and babies.

A book has been published claiming Michelle Obama told you that life in the White House was hell. Did she actually say that to you?

Michelle Obama never said such a thing; I’m happy to tell you very frankly that this is not an authorized book. But I do live in France, and France is a free country where anyone can, you know, fantasize and print it. I could take legal action but first of all, it gives a lot of publicity to the book; and second of all, it’s not in my principle, you know?

But the authors are saying you cooperated.

That’s a lie. I never cooperated with that book. I know the authors because they’re very famous journalists. This has happened to me nine times in France. I just ignore it.

Has being first lady of France been everything you imagined?

How can one imagine such a thing? I didn’t get time to imagine or project because it all happened so fast.

You once said “I want the French to be proud of me.”

I hope so. I do as much as I can, and it’s an incredible adventure, and it’s an incredible experience.

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