For France's flamboyant President Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni might be the hottest blonde, but Britons have voted her as the coolest celebrity in the world.
The 40-year-old former Italian supermodel-turned singer rocketed to the top of the 'Alternative Cool List' with almost a quarter of those questioned in the nationwide survey naming her as their favourite celebrity personality.
In fact, 22 per cent of the respondents placed Bruni, who is reported to have had flings with celebrities like Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, on the top of the chart, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.
The French First Lady has spent the year squarely in the public gaze marrying Nicolas Sarkozy, performing with Metallica and staying over at Buckingham Palace while on a state visit to Britain to meet the British Queen.
She also famously posed naked before tying the knot with Sarkozy, and one of her saucy snaps was recently sold for 45,500 pounds to a secret bidder at a Christie's auction.
Even in an interview to a lifestyle magazine a couple of months back, Bruni clearly expressed her desire of having a baby with 53-year-old Sarkozy, admitting that her age could be a problem.
"I'm not pregnant and I regret it because I love it when I am. Will it happen? It is very difficult for me to say. However, it is more difficult when you are 40 than when you are 25," she had said.
The other notable figures in the poll are English actor and singer Sir Cliff Richard and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.