French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported that Bruni had become closely involved with singer Benjamin Biolay and they had been close friends for many years. Biolay had even contributed to her album in 2008 and Carla stayed with him at his flat in Paris during that time.
Journal du Dimanche even reported that Carla Bruni and Biolay went to Thailand a few weeks ago for a holiday. But it was cut short when the president called her back to Paris. She was said to be the first to congratulate Biolay on recent awards.
Meanwhile, it is also said the Nicolas had sought comfort from his ecology minister, Chantal Jouanno, 40, who is married and a karate champion.