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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Hopes Marriage Will Boost Album Sales

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Comme si de Rien N’etait – or “as if nothing had happened” – is a rather coy title for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s new album, given her marriage to French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Of course, something did happen – a lightning-quick courtship with the just-divorced politician, as the press chronicled every move. And now, in the wake of her February nuptials, the First Lady’s CD has generated so much buzz in France, her record company moved the release date up to Friday.

So will her political position help or hurt her singing career?

“If people don’t listen because I married the president of the republic, I understand,” the former model told France Inter radio, reports the AFP. “If they do listen because I married the president of the republic, I will be delighted. And if people … like it, that is what counts for me.”

The album will be released in the U.S. later this summer – and Bruni-Sarkozy will donate her share of the royalties to charitable and humanitarian causes, said a label rep.