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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says feminism is no longer needed

VOGUE, ELLE (France)

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PARIS – It’s hard to imagine France’s former First Lady Carla Bruni donning her pinafore and staying home to bake madeleines for hubby Nicolas Sarkozy’s return to the familial nest.

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Known for her exploits as a supermodel, sipping champagne and tottering along side the likes of Mick Jagger, her comments about feminism in the December edition of French Vogue may raise more than a few eyebrows.

Speaking to Vogue, Bruni declared, “My generation doesn’t need feminism. There are pioneers who opened the breach.

“I’m not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I’m a bourgeois. I love family life, I love doing the same thing every day,” she said.

During the interview, she also stated how she disagreed with her husband Nicolas Sarkozy’s stance on gay marriage, a hot topic in France at the moment, as current President François Hollande’s government is expected to legalize it early 2013.

“I’m rather in favor because I have a lot of friends – men and women – who are in this situation and I see nothing unstable or perverse in families with gay parents,” said Bruni.

Whereas, former French President is against the gay marriage reforms as he “sees people in groups of thousands rather than as groups of friends we know,” she says.

Bruni on the cover of Paris Vogue’s December edition

Bruni last made a stir in October when she spoke to French Elle magazine. She had a word of advice for the current First Lady Valérie Trierweiler, suggesting that she should marry the French President. Hollande and Trierweiler have been in a relationship since 2005 but they have never wed.

“I can only speak from my own experience but I think it’s more simple to be the legitimate wife of the head of state than his partner. The French presidency is an official status that implies official situations.

“Maybe I’m wrong and their choice is modern, but for my part, I felt a real easing of the general concern about me when I married Nicolas. Curiously, it’s through that private undertaking that I found my place in public life,” Bruni said.