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Bruni goes around Paris in 'disguise'

French First Lady Carla Bruni has revealed that she often takes a stroll along the streets of recession-hit Paris in "disguise", "changing voice", just as many aristocrats did at the time of the French Revolution.

world Updated: May 17, 2009 12:50 IST

French First Lady Carla Bruni has revealed that she often takes a stroll along the streets of recession-hit Paris in "disguise", "changing voice", just as many aristocrats did at the time of the French Revolution.

According to the 41-year-old former Italian model, she has taken to walking off late because controversy surrounding her extravagant life as the third wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy sometimes makes "normal" behaviour quite impossible.

"When I go out shopping, I disguise myself by putting on glasses and I change my voice," leading British newspaper 'The Daily Telegraph' quoted Bruni as saying in an interview to French magazine 'Femme Actuelle' (Current Woman).

And, many who have heard her voice, said it's "funny and quite different to anything you normally hear".

Rather than being deep, husky and understated -- as it is when Miss Bruni speaks at official engagement or croons during singing performances -- it is "melodramatic and faintly ridiculous", said a source in the French capital.

The source was quoted as saying: "Carla is first and foremost an artist and she loves performing. Making everybody think she is someone else while she does her shopping appeals to her sense of mischief.

"She acts like this for security reasons, but does run the risk of sounding like an unpopular member of the French aristocracy. As the recession deepens, high-profile members of the ruling class are not becoming any more popular."

Bruni will also be promoting her third CD in the new interview to be published in the magazine on Monday. She has invited five "ordinary housewives" into the Elysée Palace to question her about her day-to-day life.

However, when contacted, an Elysée spokesman said there would be no comment about the private lives of either Bruni or Sarkozy.