Former supermodel, and current First Lady of France, Carla Bruni is on a state visit to Spain with her husband, President Nicolas Sarkozy. Upon arrival, they received word that, now try to follow this, Bruni's former lover's brother's (does that make him her "lover-in-law?") apartment had been broken into. A laptop and digital camera were among the stolen items, of course. (Will the famous ever learn?!) They supposedly contain family photos of Carla with Raphael Enthoven and their nine year old son, Aurélien. But reports are mixed as to whether there are any "explicit" photos in the mix.

Carla's colorful past -- which includes dating Mick Jagger and Donald Trump, in addition to posing for nude photos during her days as a supermodel -- keeps threatening to erupt into a royal scandal. So far, she's been able to keep everything under control, and look fabulous doing it. But is that all about to change?

Style Evolution of Carla Bruni

    Ooh la la! Political spouses in the US are expected to keep a low profile and support their significant other, ideally in a red suit (or blue, depending on the affiliation. But over in France, things are a bit different. Their First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is a musician and a former supermodel who has been photographed wearing even less than this creation from Jean Paul Gaultier's 1997 Fringe Bikini collection.


    On April 27, Bruni-Sarkozy met Princess Letizia of Spain. The Eurpean first ladies dressed up for a gala dinner at the Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid. Bruni went for classic, Audrey Hepburn-esque glamour in a black backless dress, while the Princess donned a dress befitting of her title - an eggshell blue satin gown with a glittering train.

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    This week marks Bruni-Sarkozy's inaugural visit to the U.S. as First Lady of France. Since marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy in February after a whirlwind romance, Madame Sarkozy has charmed diplomats, heads of state and even the notoriously critical French public.

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    The First Lady and President Nicolas Sarkozy in New York on September 23, 2008. In town for the United Nations General Assembly, Sarkozy was given the "World Statesman Award."

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    Keeping up with Carla: Bruni-Sarkozy puts her hubby through his paces on the streets of NYC on September 22, 2008. Later she joined U.S. First Lady Laura Bush for lunch at a museum.


    Madame Bruni-Sarkozy (in a purple Christian Dior suit) looks a bit shocked at a Bastille Day ceremony in July. Earlier that week, the singer/songwriter did the seemingly impossible and startled French sensibilities with her new album, on which she sings "You are my junk. More deadly than Afghan heroin. More dangerous than Colombian white (powder)," adding: "My guy, I roll him up and smoke him."

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    On the same album Bruni-Sarkozy sings that "I am a child/ Despite my 40 years/ Despite my 30 lovers/ A child," which must have been a great conversation starter when she and her husband welcomed Pope Benedict XVI and a contingent of priests from the Vatican in early September.

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    Earlier this summer, Bruni-Sarkozy played hostess to another religious leader. The Dalai Lama showed the retired super model the proper way to wear a Tibetan prayer shawl.

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    Entertaining famous and powerful men is nothing new for Bruni, who was at one time better known for her boyfriends than her career. Past conquests include musicians Eric Clapton (her date at this 1992 party thrown by Sting) and Mick Jagger.

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    The British papers went wild for Carla when she and her husband made a state visit to London in March. Columnists were torn: was she the new Jackie Kennedy or Diana, reborn? Fashion insiders were unanimous however, in heaping praise on the 40-year-old's wardrobe, which consisted of the best of the Paris couture houses.

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And if you thought Carla's first 24 hours in Spain couldn't get any worse, think again! Bruni is locked in a Battle of First Lady Fashion with Princess Letizia of Spain, a former TV journalist and the wife of Prince Felipe. The press can't resist comparing the two. And it appears, in this round, Carla was not declared the winner!

Both women looked beautiful at a state lunch, wearing conservative, high-necked, knee-covering dresses. But Princess Letitizia took the crown. Apparently, her killer 5" stilettos trumped Carla's not-sexy-enough kitten heel Louboutins.

We can't wait to hear what happens next. As they say, when it rains (in Spain), it pours!