Carla Bruni-Sarkozy "superstitious" about pregnancy

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who is expecting, stands outside Le Ciro's Restaurant while waiting for the spouses of heads of state on the second day of the G8 Summit on May 27, 2011 in Deauville, France. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on May 27, 2011, in Deauville, France.
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(CBS/AP) PARIS - French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says she hasn't spoken much publicly about her pregnancy because she's been superstitious about it, and it's not interesting to the French anyway.

"I'm superstitious, so yes, I've been very careful," she told the BBC. "But there isn't much to say. So many women are expecting children and giving birth, and it's so uninteresting for French people."

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The 43-year-old former supermodel turned singer adds: "It's great news for me, but it's also something very banal."

President Nicolas Sarkozy married Bruni in 2008, less than a year after he took office. She has a 10-year-old son from a prior relationship, and he has three sons from two previous marriages.

Bruni-Sarkozy said "playing guitar and touring is what I miss most," and she didn't discuss next year's presidential election in excerpts posted on the BBC website Monday. The full interview is to be aired Tuesday.

In a possible hint that being first lady isn't her favorite job, Bruni-Sarkozy was quoted as saying: "My dream life is just to go back to my job full-time and be with my family. You know, regular dreams, common dreams that everyone has."

The shy brunette, who once told an interviewer that her "gut reactions" are on the political left, also confided about what made her fall for Sarkozy, a brash and determined conservative: His knowledge of gardening.

"When I met him, walking around the garden in the (presidential Elysee Palace), he keeps giving me all these flowers' names," she said. "He knows all the Latin names, all these details about tulips and roses.

"I said to myself: 'My God, I must marry this man, he's the president and he knows everything about flowers as well. This is incredible."'

Bruni-Sarkozy was speaking to guest host Christine Ockrent, a well-known journalist in France who recently was a top manager at France 24 TV. The report didn't say when the interview took place.

Ockrent is married to Bernard Kouchner, who served as Sarkozy's foreign minister for almost three and a half years, and was said to be a longtime Bruni-Sarkozy friend.

The Italian-born first lady also noted that her child is set to become the first baby at the Elysee Palace: "I guess it's the modern world going into the French Republic, which is not bad."

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