I've been listening to the two Carla Bruni albums last night and today. She really is marvellous. Her first album is in English, which doesn't really work on the "smoky chanteuse" level, but she does sound really like the singer from Nouvelle Vague, which is no bad thing. The material isn't as strong as on the French - second - album, but it is still excellent.
I still can't get over the French president being married to a chic chanteuse!