French First Lady Carla Bruni will from now on sing at official dinners her husband, President Nicholas Sarkozy, is to host for visiting heads of state and royals.
"The decision was taken because of the great success of Carla's ... oops pardon... Mme Bruni-Sarkozy's performance at New York's Radio City Music Hall," a spokesperson for the presidential Elysèe Palace said.
The Italian-born former top model performed at a tribute held Saturday to celebrate the South-African freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela's 200th birthday. The old warrior was not present at the tribute; he was participating in a surfboard championship held off the coast of the windswept former convict Robben's Island where he was once incarcerated.
Carla Bruni began her singing tribute to Nelson Mandela with the Bob Dylan song, 'Blowing in the Wind', which she said she hoped would remind Monsieur Mondella of the happy time he had on the island. "He luvved it so much there that they could not get him back to the mainland for 27 years!" she said.
President Sarkozy nodded his agreement from his front-row seat.
After the concert, the president told reporters that his wife had studied singing with Rolling Stone Mick Knackered. "Monsieur Knackered made her sing while in the horizontal position to help him develop his lower abdomen muscles." Asked whether he did not mean 'her' lower abdomen muscles, he replied: "No, ees lower abdomen muscles."
It was recently reported in the French media that the First Lady swallows a live mouse every morning in order to continue to be able to squeak like one when she stands behind a microphone.
The Elysee Palace has however announced that several heads of state and two old queens have canceled forthcoming official visits to France.