The model wife: How Carla fell in love with a president and became his greatest asset
While she may not have seemed like the most obvious choice as the companion for a president, ultimately, none of that mattered.
There was instant chemistry when Carla met the French leader at an intimate eight-strong dinner party in November 2007.
The sparks were "instantaneous, immediate ... I don't know what he has but he has something very protective that I never found before.
"Maybe because I was much more attracted to artists," said Carla – who spent Christmas in Egypt with her new lover, a month after they met