(CBS News) Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is plotting her return to the music spotlight.
France's outgoing first lady has plans to release a new album by the end of the year. She's also planning a series of concerts, according to Le Parisien, a newspaper in France.
"Carla did not put her career on hold during the five-year term of Nicolas Sarkozy. She continued to compose at her own pace," her spokesperson Veronique Rampazzo told the paper.
Bruni-Sarkozy, 44, hasn't recorded a new album since 2008 for "practical reasons," her rep said.
Bruni-Sarkozy released her debut album, "Quelqu'un m'a dit" ("Somebody Told Me"), in 2003. She released her sophomore album in 2007 and had songs on soundtracks, including "(500) Days of Summer."
Since then, she's recorded a duet with Harry Connick, Jr. and performed for Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday on July 18, 2009, in New York.
The former model's husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, lost the French presidential election after serving for one term. He announced his retirement from politics this week and handed over the presidency to Francois Hollande.