France's former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was on US telly earlier this week.
No, it wasn't courtesy of her fleeting role in Woody Allen's 2011 movie "Midnight in Paris" - although that might well have been showing on one of the country's channels.
Rather the 45-year-old was a guest on NBC's "Today" show.
|Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (screenshot from interview on NBC's "Today" show)|
She was there to promote her latest album "Little French songs" in a brief but nonetheless predictable interview with the two hosts of the fourth hour segment of the show, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.
To say that Gifford and Kotb gushed their way through the cosy "chat" would be something of an exaggeration, but there again that part of the programme is inevitably lighter fodder for the viewers.
Nice and fluffy morning coffee time stuff.
And while Bruni-Sarkozy happily played along without giving away any state secrets - or at least not saying anything she hasn't already said - right at the end of the interview, she made what was perhaps, a perhaps surprising admission.
Reacting to Gifford's statement posed almost as a question that the current French president "François Hou..Houllande wasn't very popular at the moment" and that perhaps her husband (Hollande's predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, just in case you've been on planet Zog for a while) "might have to make a return to politics", Bruni-Sarkozy kept her cool without falling into the trap and at the same time almost seemed come to Hollande's defence...well sort of.
"Nothing is easy in politics right now because economies are so difficult all over the world. So it's a hard duty job," she said.
"I always feel very compassionate to everyone who does it because it's a hard job," added Bruni-Sarkozy.
At least someone out there recognises what a sterling job Hollande is doing under the most arduous of circumstances.
Er...that is what she was saying, wasn't it?
Anyway. Here's the interview in all its full four-minute glory.