Some Little French Songs are causing a little French controversy, as former first lady Carla Bruni’s new album hits stores tomorrow. In it, Bruni sings about her bohemian lifestyle while dating Mick Jagger in "At Keith and Anita’s Place," takes political jabs and her husband’s presidential successor in "The Penguin" and sings Sarkozy’s praises in "Mon Raymond."
In “The Penguin,” Bruni uses a French nickname for someone who is seen as all dressed up but still lacking grace and manners. The song is widely interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on current president Francois Hollande, though Bruni has alternately admitted and denied he is the titular bird.
She mocks his “sovereign air.” “He takes on the airs of a king, but I know the penguin does not have the manners of a lord,” read the lyrics. Bruni was widely said to feel slighted when Hollande skipped the customary walk with the departing couple as they exited Elysee Palace, instead staying in the garden to pose for photos. “Hey penguin, you look all alone in your garden,” she sings. “If one day you cross my path, I’ll teach you to kiss my hand.”