No matter how annoying the French get they still always manage to pull something truly chic out of their chapeaux. This morning, I found the website of the singer Carla Bruni, no less than the wife of President Sarkosy. The tabloid press were full of how she was a model and they huffed with hypocritical scandalised mutterings about how Mr Sarkosy had left his wife for her. What they failed to tell was that she is a quite marvellous chanteuse in the best of that French tradition, a woman with a creative life of her own.
What do we get? Dennis Thatcher, Norma Major, Cherie Blair and Sarah Brown.
Cherie Blair sings?
On her website there are some all-too-short samples of Ms Bruni singing.